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Old 06-14-2008, 09:07 AM   #1
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Furnace Removal? Testing?

Ok... so I haven't quite figured how to change my username (sent a "contact" email but no response yet) however, moving on!

I have a 1972 31' Sovereign, furnace info:
Model# NT32A
Code# GKE
BTU 24000
Gas: LP
Ser# 0151348
5 amps

First off, I don't know if it works; how does one SAFELY go about testing it?

Secondly, I live in the muggy, warm South... and as I begin on this fantastic journey of updating my Airstream I am contemplating simply removing the furnace because, if it doesn't work, it will be a large financial undertaking right off the bat plus I don't foresee in my NEAR future using the 'Stream when it's cold. It's not mandatory to have right now.

Any thoughts? Concerns? Problems? Pluses?

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Old 06-14-2008, 09:41 AM   #2
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Your furnace is 35+ years old. Because of where you live, it is most likely full of rust and may leak. It was also part of a recall many years ago. Most parts are not available to repair these units. Depending on the location, you may need to disassemble some cabinets to remove the unit. I would keep it turned off (gas valve under the trailer) and pull it out when I was ready to replace it.
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Old 06-14-2008, 09:54 AM   #3
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Removal

Thanks... I had seen the post about recalled units and I completely overlooked the specific range of serial numbers listed, which mine falls within...

Currently the propane tanks are disconnected
(honestly, they were stolen), so aside from the cabinets being an obstacle, any other precautions I should take into consideration before I remove the furnace?
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Old 06-14-2008, 10:11 AM   #4
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any other precautions I should take into consideration before I remove the furnace?
Yellow jacket nests
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Old 06-14-2008, 10:29 AM   #5
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Be aware that the heater comes out of an outer case which normally remains in the trailer. To slide it out of the case, take off the front cover, remove the screw (s) holding the front lower edge to the floor, remove the gas line and elbow in the upper corner, remove the center screw in the outer vent upper hole. If you can reach it, unplug the electrical, if you can't, slide the unit out until you can access the plug and disconnect it before completely removing the heater. If you decide to scrap it, put a notice here, someone may need a part or two! Also plug the disconnected gas lines to keep critters out, you may decide to use them again someday.
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Old 06-14-2008, 02:20 PM   #7
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Wasps-Schmwasps!

Yaaaaa.... thanks for the heads-up on the little stingers, there are definitely some old nests attached to my AS.... to be honest, I'm more concerned with the snake skin laying across a part of my furnace... that's no good!

Thanks everybody! I think I'll be pulling the furnace tomorrow... I'll update you afterwards
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Old 06-14-2008, 06:27 PM   #8
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Some folks have added a catalytic heater as an auxillary or complete replacement. There is also a portable version. The drawback is you need to crack a window for ventilation. If you do a formum search you will find lots of stuff including some more far out ideas.

After asking a lot of questions I decided that even if I wanted to fixing my old furnace was a bad idea. I replaced it with a NT35.
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Old 06-15-2008, 08:52 PM   #9
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Furnace Out

Hello again everybody! The furnace is out... so are the cabinets... and the carpet... it's amazing how that happens: 1 thing leads to another, I suppose.

To those of you who warned of wasps check out the pic of the old nest in the furnace! Crazy... pretty old though, nothing moving. AND, thankfully only skin was find of this past resident

See above message (furnace info), anybody in need of parts for this particular furnace? I'm posting here first but then I'll post another thread in case someone is in need.

Thanks for everybody's help! Greatly appreciated!

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i hate to tell you but the snake was looking for lunch.
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Ok... so I haven't quite figured how to change my username (sent a "contact" email but no response yet) however, moving on!
Hi 73BamaStream. The 'Contact us' link at the bottom of the page goes to the tech support help desk. Those are checked & responded to usually twice a day. I checked and don't exactly see if there was a request that made it to our end in the last handful of days. I'd suggest sending it again. Please double check that your intended username is used by nobody else by reviewing the Members List link on the blue menu bar above.

You are correct -- username changes are only made through the 'Contact us' link.
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