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Snow and Heater or Heat Tape

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by figaroooo, May 17, 2013.

  1. figaroooo

    figaroooo New Member

    May 17, 2013
    We are going back to DTV today after experienceing comcast's horible Guide and Techncial issues for just 3 months. The reason we switched was becuase of the snow on the dish durning the winter time. We are looking into a dish heater but have a question about the heat tape that is used for the edge of one's roof to keep ice dams from forming. Has this ever been tried, Sucessful or not?

    Kimberly ~ Utah
  2. gov

    gov Legend

    Jan 11, 2013
    There are specific products made for sat applications. Heat is heat, but the heat tape is made for a specific application and the back of a parabolic reflector isn't it.

    How many feet of heat tape equals the thermal output of the 'official' dish heater? I dunno, and it's important. The heat tape also has an integral thermostat, IIRC, and where does it get stuck on the dish to function properly ?
  3. Ken Stomski

    Ken Stomski Mentor

    Nov 17, 2011
    the dish heaters are inexpensive in relation to the effort expended and half-arsed job of using something else. we are in new england and use them on all of our commercial installations and never have any issues. Should be 150 bucks or less.
  4. rmmccann

    rmmccann AllStar

    Apr 16, 2012
    ND, USA
    Yep, live in ND and have a HotShot heater. It works fantastic - dish is always clear of snow/ice.
  5. Volatility

    Volatility Legend

    May 22, 2010

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