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Old 04-06-2011, 10:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default CHE troubles... can anyone help?

So... I'm having a lot of trouble with my CHE.

I currently have the CHE on back right-hand corner of Liam's cage, over his igloo, since that is where he spends most of his time. The temperature probe hangs down the back left-hand corner by the wheel. The thermometer is on the top left-hand corner, diagonal from the CHE. The thermostat (the ReptiTemp 500) is currently turned all the way up, and I still can't make the thermometer read over 77F or so consistently. The green light on the thermostat dial is almost always on. Liam is in the extra-large superpets cage, so it isn't that big (I want to upgrade, but that's another story...). Does this setup sound correct/okay?

I swear the temperature of my apartment makes waaaay more difference than the CHE. The weather here has been pretty variable lately (as Spring is wont to do) - one day, chilly and rainy, the next, sunny and warm. We've been turning the apartment heat on and off. Monday (a sunny day), heat was on by accident, temp read 83. Tuesday, (a chilly day), heat was on, temp read 75. This morning, heat had been off all night, temp read 65. I turned the heat on, even though it's really not that cold here today, because I was so worried. I don't understand why it's fluctuating so much - isn't this WHY I have a CHE and a thermostat? Liam has been okay through all of this, but I don't want this to continue. His temp was pretty constant over the winter, when the heat was basically on all the time. Obviously, I don't want to keep the heat on in my place all through spring.

Has anyone else had these problems? I don't know what part is malfunctioning - thermometer, thermostat, temp probe, or CHE. When I go to feel the actual CHE lamp, it is very hot, so I know he's getting some heat.

I'm very frustrated, and worried about Liam's health, so any help would be appreciated!
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: CHE troubles... can anyone help?

I wish I could offer more help, but I don't have any ideas why that is. I have CHE's on both of my girls cages, and not even at the yellow line on the dial of the ReptiTemp their cages stay between 77 and 78. The weather here has been the same way, very fussy but we haven't turned the air on yet and when the heat does kick on it doesn't seem to change their cage temperatures any. I can only imagine how frustrating that is though.

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Old 04-06-2011, 01:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I also can't help, as I'm having the same issues. I have two CHEs hooked up for Lily's cage (which I just made bigger, and I'm sure is part of the issue) and it goes from 75 to 80 degrees, depending on the temperature of my room. I want it to stay around 78 (Lily likes warmer temps), it just doesn't work that way. I have a space heater in my room as well, keeping my room around 73-75 degrees, but it seems like the CHEs are only keeping the cage about 2 degrees warmer than my room until they finally kick on. I can't figure out how to make them kick on more often and keep the cage at a steady temperature though. Oh, and I also have a large piece of coroplast between the cage and the wall, trying to hold in some heat, and blankets draped over the back and top around the CHEs, but not touching them. The blankets help a bit, but not enough. Sorry I can't offer any advice for you! I'll be watching the thread to see if others can help us both out.
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Your fluctuations in temperature may be due to your probe & your thermometer being in different places. I would recommend putting them in the same location, opposite the CHE. This way both should read from the coolest point in the cage. So you know if your thermometer is reading 77 at the coolest point, the rest of the cage is warmer than that. I'm thinking the varience is because of the outside heat coming in. The closer the probe is to the CHE, the quicker is will get warm vs. where the thermometer is.
Also, 77*F (25*c about) is a good temperature IMO to be at.
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Your fluctuations in temperature may be due to your probe & your thermometer being in different places. I would recommend putting them in the same location, opposite the CHE. This way both should read from the coolest point in the cage. So you know if your thermometer is reading 77 at the coolest point, the rest of the cage is warmer than that. I'm thinking the varience is because of the outside heat coming in. The closer the probe is to the CHE, the quicker is will get warm vs. where the thermometer is.
Also, 77*F (25*c about) is a good temperature IMO to be at.
Hmmmm, good thinking. The probe is already opposite the CHE, but I'll move the thermometer closer to the probe (or vice versa) and see how that goes. It probably wont account for all of the variance, but hopefully it will get me closer! Thanks!

I'm just confused because so many of the reviews of the Reptitemp said that they could get temperatures over 85-90 easily! You wouldn't think a temp around 75-77 would be so hard. Although I suppose a lot of reptiles are in aquariums/terrariums, which I bet hold heat in easier.

And Lilysmommy, I'll try and drape some blankets in the meantime. I'm sure that will help a little.
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What size CHE are you using? You may have to switch to a bigger one.
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What size CHE are you using? You may have to switch to a bigger one.
It's an 8.5in lamp with a 100W bulb.
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A 10 inch fixture will warm a larger area than an 8.5 inch. A 150 Watt CHE wouldn't have to work as hard to keep the same area warmer.
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I think nikki's right. I have the exact same set up as you - CHE and probe are in the exact same spots and I never have an issue...but...10" clamp lamp and 150w CHE.

That could be it...
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Okay, I can try that too. I actually have a 10" lamp that's currently providing light to my veggie plants, so I can switch that out for the smaller lamp. I know I picked the 100W bulb because the "heating" sticky said that was standard, but I can try 150. I still am worried there is something wrong with the actual equipment since the temperature variations are SO huge, but I can give these suggestions a try. Thanks guys!
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