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Old 02-17-2019, 01:44 AM   #1
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Electric Fireplace

The electric fireplace in my 2018 Thor Aria 3901 sometimes will not turn on or only runs a short period no matter how I set it. Has anyone had similar issues.
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Old 02-17-2019, 03:33 AM   #2
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There have been a few discussions about this. There are a couple of things that may keep the fireplace from working constantly.
1. The fireplace shares a circuit with the electric water heater. There is an automatic switch that gives the water heater priority, so if the water is heating, the fireplace won't work.
2. The thermostat for the fireplace is located in the back of the unit, in the same cabinet as the furnace. If you are running the furnace, that cabinet gets pretty warm, and will trip the thermostat on the fireplace, shutting it down.

So, if you would like to run the fireplace for a while, switch the water heater over to gas, and turn the furnace off.

Hope this helps.

Mike
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Old 02-17-2019, 12:34 PM   #3
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probably right, though some previous and other manufacturers put the Fireplace circuit and the Microwave on the same shared circuit, with an automatic 'switch' in between, allowing the fireplace only to operate when the microwave is not, or vice versa.... since both working at the same time on the same circuit might trip the breaker.

some folks asks why this is - why not simply put each on it's own circuit breaker?
the simple answer is that there is sometimes not enough 'room' in the circuit panel for an additional breaker, OR this leg, or 'side' of the incoming 50amp power, cannot handle both circuits operating at the same time, along with everything else on the leg... you might otherwise get 'nuisance' tripping of breakers, and that would be just as aggravating.

they also realize that the fireplace is more of an 'amenity', or ambiance, rather than a need, and therefore put it's priority after other devices...

some older models of RVs might even have a switch that makes you decide 'which' device you want to use, at any given time - such as the rear air conditioner versus the water heater, or microwave, etc... more of a manually way to do the same thing.
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Old 02-17-2019, 02:36 PM   #4
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probably right, though some previous and other manufacturers put the Fireplace circuit and the Microwave on the same shared circuit, with an automatic 'switch' in between, allowing the fireplace only to operate when the microwave is not, or vice versa.... since both working at the same time on the same circuit might trip the breaker.

some folks asks why this is - why not simply put each on it's own circuit breaker?
the simple answer is that there is sometimes not enough 'room' in the circuit panel for an additional breaker, OR this leg, or 'side' of the incoming 50amp power, cannot handle both circuits operating at the same time, along with everything else on the leg... you might otherwise get 'nuisance' tripping of breakers, and that would be just as aggravating.

they also realize that the fireplace is more of an 'amenity', or ambiance, rather than a need, and therefore put it's priority after other devices...

some older models of RVs might even have a switch that makes you decide 'which' device you want to use, at any given time - such as the rear air conditioner versus the water heater, or microwave, etc... more of a manually way to do the same thing.
Exactly right on, ours shares the electric element in the Aqua Hot so in the cool mornings the first thing you do is shut off the Aqua Hot Electric and then start the fireplace. Neighbor kept using the fireplace timer and of course it shut off as will a to low thermostat setting
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