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Old 11-27-2006, 09:13 PM   #1
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Furnace questions

Just this past weekend I was camping and wanted to run the suburban propane furnace in my 83 excella. I've never run it before, as the catalytic heater seems to put out enough heat for me usually. Anyway, I went about starting it exactly as the manual explains to and couldn't ever get it to ignite. The blower comes on, and the spark electrode energizes, but its like it isn't getting any gas. And yes, I did open the manual gas valve. Any ideas what this could be? Thanks Mark
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Old 11-27-2006, 10:28 PM   #2
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Just this past weekend I was camping and wanted to run the suburban propane furnace in my 83 excella. I've never run it before, as the catalytic heater seems to put out enough heat for me usually. Anyway, I went about starting it exactly as the manual explains to and couldn't ever get it to ignite. The blower comes on, and the spark electrode energizes, but its like it isn't getting any gas. And yes, I did open the manual gas valve. Any ideas what this could be? Thanks Mark
Sometimes it takes along time to bleed the air off before the gas gets to the appliance. Airlocks can happen when you change your tanks. Also check that the gasline doesn't have a low spot under the trailer where condensation can collect and block the flow. If in doubt disconnect both ends and blow it out. (turn gas off first- of course).
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Old 11-27-2006, 10:42 PM   #3
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Were you running on battery only at the time ? If the battery is a little low the fan will not run fast enough to open the sail switch , which open the gas valve . It will also not come on if there is any blockage in the exhaust or intake , like spider nest ,wasp etc.. It may need a cleaning since you've said you never used it before . Good luck
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