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Satellite Dish Antenna Heaters – An Overview

Satellite Dish Antenna HeatersWhen snow and / or ice collect on a satellite television or satellite Internet dish, it can create signal loss. One way to prevent snow and ice from collecting on your satellite dish is to install a satellite dish heater or satellite de-icing system. While snow and ice can build up on the arm and feed horn / LNB areas of the dish, most of the heaters and heating systems on the market today simply keep the snow and ice from collecting on the dish face which is typically all that is necessary to prevent signal loss.

There are a variety of satellite dish heaters and satellite antenna de-icing systems on the market today for everything from 18” residential satellite television and satellite Internet dish antennas to larger commercial and enterprise VSAT applications.

Most residential satellite dish heaters simply stick on the front or back of the satellite dish and plug in to 110 volt power supply and keep the dish face warm enough to prevent snow and ice buildup. Other satellite dish heating systems require a transformer to be installed in a dry location and a power cord installed to the dish. The larger commercial and enterprise satellite dish de-icing systems use electric, propane or natural gas forced air heat to keep snow and ice from collecting on the dish surface. Some of the heaters for satellite dish antennas are on whenever they are plugged in, while others are controlled by a thermostat that turns on and off as needed to prevent snow and ice buildup and some include a moisture sensor that helps save energy by only coming on in conditions where snow and ice can be present.

Selecting the right satellite dish heater for your dish is important for proper fit and function. Some heaters cost less, and are easy to install, but are less likely to keep up with heavy snowfall, while others are more expensive, harder to install, but may do a better job and last longer. Residential satellite dish heaters for satellite television and satellite Internet systems typically only cost a dollar or two a month to operate depending upon your climate and conditions and the heater, while other larger heating system can cost much more to operate.

A few simple questions for you to answer prior to ordering a satellite dish heater are:

  • What type of dish do you have? (DirecTV Slimline, DISH 500, HughesNet .74, 2.4m VSAT, etc.) If you are not sure, check out our DISH GALLERY for satellite dish antenna photos and size information!
  • It even has quick links to order the right heater for your antenna!
  • Is it made of metal or fiber? (Some heaters only work on metal dishes!)
  • Do you have an adequate power source at or near the dish location?
  • Do you want one that you turn on when needed or one with an automatic control?
  • Would you prefer to install it yourself or would you find an installer?
  • Do you want to spend less for a simple solution or more for a more reliable solution?

Once we have that information, we will be able to help you suggest the right heater for your needs. In the mean time, here is an overview of some of the more popular satellite dish heaters and heating systems that are on the market today and available for purchase in our secure online store at www.montanasatellitesupply.com !

ICE ZAPPER w/ Thermostat: The ICE ZAPPER “universal” satellite dish heater simply sticks to the back of any 18” to 31” metal dish and plugs in to a 110 volt electrical outlet. This model is controlled by an integrated thermostat which turns it on and off as needed! We typically only recommend this model on 18” – 24” metal dishes as we have heard that this model can struggle with keeping up on larger dishes in some climates and conditions.
MSRP: $ 84.95
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ICE ZAPPER – “Always On”: The ICE ZAPPER “universal” satellite dish heater simply sticks to the back of any 18” to 31” metal dish and plugs in to a 110 volt electrical outlet. This model is always on whenever it is plugged in and is typically used for 26” to 31” metal dishes. Some plug them in for the winter and unplug them for the summer, while others plug them in only when they expect snowfall or ice buildup. Others use this model with our optional “remote control switch” or even put them on an appliance timer so it only runs during the hours that the system is in use.
MSRP: $ 74.95
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HotShot Hot Shot Satellite Dish Antenna Heaters: There are several models of HOTSHOT satellite dish heating kits available for a variety of satellite television and satellite Internet dish sizes, types and models. The Hotshot heater kits are designed for metal or fiber dishes. The Hot Shot Heater kits can also be modified to be powered over a spare coaxial cable run to the dish which can provide for a cleaner, more professional installation at times. The Hot Shot heating elements are typically installed on the front of the dish, however they can be installed on the back of some models as well. The Hot Shot satellite dish heater kits typically use less power than other heating systems since they operate on 24 volts DC rather than on the full 110 volts AC that other satellite dish heaters require.
MSRP: $ 109.95 to $ 129.95 depending upon the model.
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Andrew / Channel Master De-iceing Systems: Andrew and Channel Master are brands that have been around for a long time in the satellite industry. We offer their add-on half dish and full dish heating and de-icing systems for existing Andrew / Channel Master dish antenna installations as well as complete electric 110 volt and 230 volt heated satellite dish antennas for .96m, .98m, 1.2m, 1.8m, 2.4m and larger applications. If you have an Andrew / Channel Master Satellite Dish or are looking for an integrated heating solution, this may be the answer for you!
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Walton De-Ice Forced-air Satellite Dish Antenna Heating Systems: Walton manufacturers commercial and enterprise level forced air satellite dish heating systems that use a satellite dish cover with heating ducts where forced heated air is passed between the cover and the dish to heat the cover and prevent snow and ice buildup. The Walton systems use either 110 volt or 220 volt electrical elements or propane or natural gas to heat the air in a furnace like device. Walton De-ice systems are typically used on 1.2m, 1.8m, 2.4m and larger satellite dish antenna systems where connectivity is a priority!
Prices Vary depending on the model.
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Walton De-ice ICE QUAKE System: The Walton De-ice Ice Quake System uses a satellite dish cover and vibrating motor(s) to prevent snow and ice buildup on your satellite dish antenna. The Ice Quake system is designed for 1.0m and larger antennas and uses less power than a heating system and has been on the market and has been a very successfull product now for several years! Contact us for more information and a quote for your satellite dish antenna!

A satellite dish heating system or de-icing system is a great way to ensure reliable service from your satellite dish antenna, there are other solutions to snow and ice buildup on a satellite dish. We also offer have satellite dish covers specifically designed to keep snow and ice from collecting on your satellite dish as well as sources for heated covers, satellite dish vibrators, and more!

Contact us for more information or visit us online at www.montanasatellitesupply.com!

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