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Seat Heater Faqs
 
We are asked many of the same questions about our products. Before you contact us with a specific question, look and see if it has already been answered here.
 
 
Q: ARE CHECK CORP. SEAT HEATERS SAFE? 
Yes, if they are installed correctly in the application they were designed for.  All Check seat heater systems have at least two levels of temperature control built into the design.  (Temperature Controls include: Self limiting heating elements, Bi-Metal Thermostats and Electronic Digital Controllers.)
 
Q: HOW HOT DO THEY GET? 
The heating element's maximum temperatures are normally in the range of 135 F to 150 F. The maximum surface temperature of the seat is normally 105 F to 115 F.
 
Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR BEFORE ONE CAN FEEL THE HEAT?
Two to Three Minutes.
 
Q: DO SEAT HEATERS HAVE THERMOSTATS BUILT INTO THEM?
Yes seat heaters have either Bi-Metal thermostats or Electronic Digital Controllers.
 
Q: ARE MULTI TEMPERATURE SEAT HEATER SYSTEMS AVAILABLE?
Yes, Check Corporation has a two and three temperature seat heater system available as standard products and we can build a control unit with 10 or more settings if requested with minor programming changes to our standard control module.
 
Q: CAN THE TEMPERATURE OF A SEAT HEATER BE ADJUSTED USING A RHEOSTAT? 
A: No, this is not a practical method for adjusting the temperature of a 12 volt DC system.
 
Q: HOW LONG WILL A SEAT HEATER SYSTEM LAST?
A: Check Corporation's systems have been subjected to an automotive, simulated 10 year durability test and passed.  They have also passed the off-road vehicle seat cushion durability test SAE-J1454 and the Heavy Truck, Million Mile Shaker test.
 
Q: WILL THE HEATERS FATIGUE OR DAMAGE THE SEAT OVER TIME?
A: No as the temperatures of the heating elements are much lower than the maximum interior temperatures of the vehicles they are installed in.  ( Example, Most vehicle interior temperatures exceed over 200 F when parked in the sun)
 
Q: WHAT IS THE WARRANTY OF THE SYSTEM?
A: The seat heater normally carries the same warranty as the seat it is installed in which ranges from 1 to 3 years.
 
Q: HOW MUCH POWER DOES THE AVERAGE CHECK SEAT HEATER SYSTEM CONSUME?
A: 3 to 5 Amps. At 13.8 VDC or 41 to 69 Watts.
 
Q: CAN YOU USE A SWITCH TO TURN THEM ON OR OFF? 
A: Yes, a switch is normally used to activate the heaters and to adjust the temperature settings on multi temperature systems.
 
Q: WHAT ARE THE CHECK HEATING ELEMENTS MADE OF?
A: Automotive Grade resistance heating wire, foam and adhesive to bond the wire to the foam.  Note: all these materials meet the FMVSS 302 flammability safety standard.
 
Q: ARE WIRE HEATING ELEMENTS DURABILE?
A: Yes, they are the most commonly used seat heater elements used in OE Automotive seating today.  The durability is a function of the strength, flexibility and the proper application of the wire in the design of the heating element.
 
Q: CAN CHECK CORP. HEATING ELEMENTS BE MOLDED INTO THE BASE FOAM OF THE SEAT BACK AND SEAT BOTTOM CUSHIONS?
A: Yes, Check Corp. has patented an element design that can be molded into the cushions of the seat when they are manufactured.  These heaters become an integrated part of the seat base foam and this helps them to be more durable and unnoticeable.
 
Q: DO THE HEATERS MAKE THE SEAT FOAM LESS COMFORTABLE?
A: No, the seat heaters stretch and bend with the foam of the seat and therefore do not change the comfort or the appearance of the seat.
 
Q: WHAT KIND OF TESTING HAVE CHECK SEAT HEATERS BEEN EXPOSED TO?
A: Automotive Jounce and Squirm, Automotive Entry and Exit, Automotive Knee Cycling, Off Road Durability Test SAE#J1454 and Heavy Truck Million Mile Shaker test and FMVSS 302 flammability test.
 
Q: HOW MUCH DO SEAT HEATER SYSTEMS COST?
A: $30 to $120 per seat depending on the size of the heating elements, switch design, harness lengths and the features of the system.
 
Q: WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF MOST FAILURES? 
A: Improper installation of the seat heater system into the seat.
 
Q: HOW LONG HAS CHECK BEEN MANUFACTURING SEAT HEATERS?
A: Since October of 1993.
 
Q: DOES CHECK MAKE SEAT HEATERS FOR AUTOMOTIVE OE MANUFACTURERS?
A: Yes, but our focus is on Industrial, Off Road, RV's, Trucks, Motorcycles, Boats & Automotive Aftermarket Seats.
 
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