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Best Garage and Shop Heaters as the Weather Cools

One of the best things about living in Wasilla is having the space to indulge in your passions. That doesn’t mean just outdoor recreation (although that’s great too), but having space for a garage or shop that will protect your toys and keep you busy as the weather cools. Whether you’re restoring a boat, fixing up a truck, waxing your skis, woodworking, or chipping away at a craft project, you’re going to need a heater that will keep you comfortable as you work on your projects.

We spent a lot of time indoors. Temperatures in the Mat-Su Valley stay below freezing for up to six months of the year, which means a great HVAC system can make all the difference. When it comes to garage and shop heaters, it’s hard to go past Modine’s Hot Dawg. This is the most trusted residentially-certified gas-fired heater in North America. Aside from getting great heat, they’re very reliable and made in the United States, which means they comply with the Buy American Act.

Want to skip ahead and just order a new garage or shop heater? Talk to our expert technicians about your needs when you schedule an appointment.

Why Modine is great for heating garages and shops

Modine’s Hot Dawg Garage Heater has versatile installation options that allows you to maximize the workspace in your shop by getting rid of clunky space heaters. It’s available in six different sizes, ranging from 30,000 to 125,000 BTUs, with a 10-year warranty on the heat exchanger. It’s also incredibly quiet, which means you can work without the distraction of having a loud machine running in the background, saving your ears as you while away the hours this winter.

There are a number of features that make it ideal:

  • Low-profile design installs one inch from the ceiling with only two angle brackets
  • Heater has 100% shut-off with continuous retry to allow for safe ignition
  • Permanently lubricated motor reduces the need for maintenance
  • Operates on natural or propane gas

Depending on your needs, you can choose from power-exhausted, power-exhausted with blower, separated combustion, and separated combustion with blower models. Modine heaters also come with 30, 60, and 90-degree deflector hoods, vibration isolation kits, and summer-winter toggle switches. They’re certified for residential, commercial, and industrial use.

Being made in America is important, because it means that Modine heaters are straightforward to service and repair and spare parts are easy to source. They’re also a very reliable garage and shop heater and should keep you comfortable for at least the next decade.

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Installing a Modine garage or shop heater in Wasilla

HeatSource Mechanical is a listed and certified dealer for the installation and service of Modine Hot Dawg Garage Heaters. We have been proudly serving the Mat-Su Valley for more than 35 years. Our customer service philosophy is simple. When we are installing, repairing, or maintaining a furnace or heater, we consider it our responsibility to look for potential safety issues. Our goal is to help you avoid the discomfort that comes with unexpected breakdown by informing you of your options.

We vend the most reliable and high-efficiency products on the market, from Modine to Lennox, and we ensure they’re installed in ways that exceed industry code and manufactures’ standards. We’re licensed, bonded, and insured, and we never compromise our exceptional standards.

  • Fast and reliable service
  • NATE-certified technicians
  • Knowledgeable team members
  • Fully stocked service vans
  • Always available

Our goal is to provide an exceptional service experience. We want to help you get your garage or shop up and running as soon as possible, protecting your assets and allowing you to get back to doing the things you love this winter. Our friendly and helpful team is only a phone call away.

While you’re here, consider why not sign up and save? Try our Comfort Club Membership for 10% off all repairs and more great benefits!

Modine garage and shop heater FAQs

If you haven’t had a Modine Hot Dawg Garage Heater before, it’s normal to have a lot of questions. Our friendly and knowledgeable HVAC technicians will be happy to talk your call and explain all the features and benefits of this product. However, here are the answers to a few common questions:

What size Hot Dawg do I need to heat a garage?

  • 30,000 BTU = 1 car garages
  • 45,000 BTU = 2 car garages
  • 60,000 BTU = 3 car garages
  • 75,000 BTU = Larger garages
  • 100,000 BTU = Out-buildings

Does the Hot Dawg vent outside the garage?

Yes, carbon dioxide is safely vented outside with a power exhauster.

What supply voltage is required for a Hot Dawg?

The Modine Hot Dawg requires a 115-volt, 60 hertz supply that is hard-wired to the unit. There are no plug-ins available. That means you’ll need a licensed contractor to help you wire it in.

What size gas connection does the Hot Dawg have?

Hot Dawg has a half-inch gas connection. Again, you’ll need to ask a licensed contractor to take care of the piping, pressure regulators, and connectors, to ensure you meet the local codes.

Can I install the Hot Dawg by myself?

No. In addition to wiring up the electrical supply, and ensuring the gas is properly connected, you’ll need a licensed contractor to install your unit to the manufacturer’s recommendations or the warranty will be voided. Their insurance company won’t cover any claims arising from improper installation. This requires specialized training and tools, so please call the experts.

Speaking of warranties…

The Hot Dawg has a limited warranty that covers the cost of replacement parts due to defects in material and workmanship for 10 years on the heat exchanger and two years on the components. Again, this doesn’t cover labor charges for premature failure due to improper installation.

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Other upgrades to consider this winter

A Modine garage or shop heater is a great addition to any Wasilla home, especially if you’re the kind of person who has a lot of toys or enjoys keeping busy on DIY projects through the long winter months. However, now is also the perfect time to take a look at the HVAC system inside your home. When was the last time you had your furnace and boiler serviced and repaired? Scheduling maintenance now could save you a lot of money and stress in the event of a breakdown.

We are also a Lennox Premier Dealer. We sell a range of market-leading furnaces designed to meet your household needs and your budget, keeping you warm and comfortable while reducing your heating costs as much as possible. On top of that, we can install complementing air filtration systems and humidifiers to keep your indoor air health and clean; as well as smart thermostats that allow you to control your HVAC system remotely, using just your smartphone, while increasing efficiency.

You can also talk to our friendly team about upgrading your boiler. We vend Weil-McLain products, with a range of high quality and energy efficient gas-fired and oil-fired boilers. These have a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, which adds another layer of protection to an already great product.

Want to talk about heating your garage or shop this winter? Call our friendly team today.

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