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To get elec power to my heater my breaker has to be in the off position

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The laws of physics dictate that what you are saying is impossible.a unit can not run without power so you have done one of three things. the breaker you are turning off has no relationship to the ac. or the breaker is for the indoor , not the outdoor unit , or you have confused the position of the breaker in the panel with on and off.breakers on the left are on when pushed to the right . breakers to the right are on when pushed to the left. take a volt meter and verify you have power to the outside unit when breaker is in either position. then proceed from there.you have not stated if you have a gas, electric or heat pump heater. but if you have succeeded in generating heat without power we are millionaires, cause it has baffled scientist for thousands of years till now.

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