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Old 10-08-2019, 02:05 PM   #1
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Furnace exterior exhaust piece gone.

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On the outside of my AS (and probably yours to), there is the exhaust vent for the furnace. I noticed today that in the round opening there used to be a vertical piece of metal about 1/4" wide. That piece is missing. Does this serve any purpose other than to keep large-ish critters from getting inside? Or does it affect the integrity of proper exhaust.

Update: Found the piece on the ground. Looks like the ends were originally spot-welded. No way am I going to be able to get that re-attached.

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Old 10-08-2019, 02:25 PM   #2
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Now that is strange Humm. What I would suggest is you go to amazon and obtain one of those insect screens that are designed for RVs and that should solve any critter problem.
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Here is the piece I'm talking about
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Here is the piece I'm talking about


I have a similar furnace exhaust. I put a big rectangular Camco furnace screen screen over the whole thing to keep bugs out. Itís big enough to go over it entirely with a little gentle shaping to sit flat on the aluminum. I forget the part number, but itís one of their very large ones.

It is all stainless steel and may scratch the shell around the exhaust a bit but hey, it doesnít move once itís tied down with the included spring.
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Thanks. Sound like its there to keep stuff out.
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I agree with the bug screen crowd. I have them on heater and water heater.
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When putting on the screen, as I have, I put E-Tape on the bottoms of them so that it minimizes the potential to scratch. Might have to replace tape depending on various factors:age, mileage, exposure, etc.
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Camco bug screen on my 23D measures 4.5 inches square.
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You could re-tack weld it or have someone do it, or just replace the whole thing as it appears to be one part. Not a real huge fan of replacing the whole thing for such a somewhat ornamental reason, so maybe find an attachable mud dauber screen as has been suggested as the missing part really only is to prevent big things from nesting in there.
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