looking for heat-strips/ duct heater kits
i have a customer who wants to put 20kw heat in their gas package unit.
its a 8 yo grandaire and she can not afford the gas right now so the landlord wants me to install electric heat in the supply plenum............
i have two questions,
1.) where do i look for a purpose built heater kit?
2.) wouldnt it be better to install it in the return air plenum?
i need 20kw heat in two stages 5-10-5 and cant seem to find any conclusive
literature on such product. if the coil is placed in the supply plenum would moisture compromise the elements? is there a better way? the unit is fine not perfect but sustainable.
thanks for any help or advice ,
In my neck of the woods adding electric heat strips and shutting down the gas would just about triple the cost per btu delivered. Is it really cheaper where you are? Here even propane is just about the same price as electric resistance, and that's assuming 100% efficiency on the electric heat which you won't get if you install outside the heated envelope.
I agree with DirkRoper. If you figure out your cost ber BTU for straight electric and for natural gas in your area it will most certainly favor gas. I would show your calculations to the landlord and recommend that he use the money he was going to pay for this strip heat install for tightening up the thermal envelope of the house.
Don't forget about the cost of a new electrical run to the unit to support those heaters.
dirk and micha,
Originally Posted by DirkRoper
its not logical at this point as its a rental house and the last tenants left with a 3 month gas bill . so the 3 month bill of $700+ the cost of the $500 deposit is $1200 . the tenant was talking about using kerosene heaters and the owner doesnt want that.
the unit is 8 feet or less from the out door panel.
Something doesn't sound right here. Firstly, utilities (at least in North Carolina where I own rental properties) provide electric and gas service to the tenants, not to the property itself or the landlord. I have had similar situations where previous tenants left with huge utility balances, but all the utilities required was a copy of the new lease agreement to prove that the new service being established at a particular property was not related to the previous tenants with outstanding debt owed. The only exceptions to this are properties which have the utilities in the landlords name (rare), and in this case the landlord shouldn't have let the outstanding balance get so high in the first place.
Secondly, 3 months worth of gas at "over $700" is more than $230/month. While this is entirely possible, that is a lot of gas. Either there is something wrong with the house, there is something wrong with the furnace or ducting, the house is enormous, or the previous tenants liked to keep it very, very warm in there.
Third, if the gas utility is wanting a $500 deposit from the new tenants, these new tenants might have a credit problem. It might also have to do with the fact that the particular property has had problems with previous tenants not paying the huge gas bills. This is the only instance where I can see a previous tenants outstanding bills affecting a new tenants service.
Fourth, if the previous tenants were using that much gas, assuming they didn't keep it abnormally warm in the house and the unit is functioning properly, then the current tenants using electric resistance heat exclusively is going to cost a HUGE amount more that making the same amount of heat with gas. They will end up with electric bills they can't pay, then will stop paying the rent.
I would pass on a job like this, even if the landlord just goes on to the next tech and he actually does add strip heat for him. I don't like to do illogical, borderline hack work.
sorry you feel its hack-work, your opinion has been noted and you are wrong i have checked the unit and ductwork there isnt a problem and yes it is a older mill house that could use some insulation, there isnt any laws here in SC concerning utilities being forgiving on unpaid bills.
Originally Posted by MicahWes
i understand you have an opinion and would appreciate if you would quit "what if-ing" this situation, if you cant respond to the OP subject just dont post ,
1st, it amazes me the people who come on a forum and ask where to find a product. Google is freaking amazing.
2nd, not going to hurt putting in supply, never seen them in the return.
3rd, if the landlord doesn't pay the utility bills, that's just wrong to install 20kw for main source of heat. plus the monster circut to run it.
me personally sounds like a landlord who doesnt take care of his properties nor cares about there tenants, and If I was called to do such a job I would walk away, there is no return on investment nor property improvement factor happening here.
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Experience may vary. But i personally will get my gas or electric cut off within a month of non-payment. I can get behind on the phone bills a month and stay behind, no problem, but the electric goes dark about 2 weeks after the bill is due. 3 Months? No frickin' way. They cut it off. Landlord, AKA Slumlord, is lying for whatever reason.
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