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  • Phil Cox Jan 12, 2013

    Thanks, but what is the likely cause and how do I fix?

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If you have air conditioning fitted, you can use this with the heater going as the air con not only cools, it also dries the air which helps with de-misting. It won't stop the heat coming through when you run it, so nothing to worry about there.

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