The wife and I are just about to finish up a 6 week 6,000 mile road trip in our 87 Sovereign
. That much time on the road has given me reason to ask a few questions about our furnace.
First, the fan in the Suburban furnace we currently have is quite noisy. If I were to replace the fan or the furnace itself with newer, modern technology, would I be likely to see a reduction in the noise level?
Second, the existing thermostat is the original electro-mechanical Suburban model. It has a small, very difficult to use, lever on the bottom to turn the furnace on or off. And, it's very difficult to set the thermostat to a desired temperature. Is it possible to replace this thermostat with a new, digital model? An RV repair person told me that any 12 volt
, 2-wire thermostat should work. Is he right?
Lastly. we experience some problems with the furnace refusing to ignite. The thermostat would call for heat, the fan would start, but we'd never hear the "click" that indicates the fuel has ignited. I've been told that I need to clean the burner but no one has told me exactly how to do that. What exactly is required to do this? Are there You-Tube videos or something similar showing the process?
Thanks so much for your help.
The trip has been fantastic. This is the first time that we've done an extended trip.
We've spent every night but two in the trailer. We live in Oregon and got as far east and south as Pensacola, Florida. Spent two weeks with our kids in Kentucky. The place we liked best was the gulf coast of Alabama. Tonight we're in Carlsbad, New Mexico and should be back in Oregon in about 10 days.
Our truck (2003 Silverado Duramax with 115,000 miles) has performed flawlessly and has delivered a hair over 16mpg while towing.