Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-05-2013, 07:46 AM   #1
Airstream Newby
 
CMSmith's Avatar
 
1975 25' Tradewind
Florence , South Carolina
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 176
Lighting suburban heater

Click image for larger version

Name:	image-3415414794.jpg
Views:	84
Size:	709.6 KB
ID:	175947

How do you light this furnace? It is in a '75 TradeWind and is a Suburban brand. We used little ceramic heaters last night, but since I have light today (we set up in the dark last night) I wanted to see if I could get it lit today.
__________________

__________________
CMSmith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 08:16 AM   #2
Rivet Master
 
Lumatic's Avatar

 
1971 25' Tradewind
1993 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Estancia , New Mexico
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 6,642
Images: 16
Blog Entries: 1
You 1. turn on the gas valve, 2. push the square button which connects to a spark lighter on the back of the furnace, while 3 holding in the other button. BUT

IF THIS IS A NT22A THE FURNACE WAS RECALLED. This furnace is potentially lethal because the rubber crossover tube deteriorates letting carbon monoxide into the coach.

If the furnace is not working it is very likely it is not worth repairing.
__________________

__________________
Sail on silver girl. Sail on by. Your time has come to shine.
Lumatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 08:30 AM   #3
Airstream Newby
 
CMSmith's Avatar
 
1975 25' Tradewind
Florence , South Carolina
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 176
YIKES!! Where do I find the model number? All I saw on it was Suburban.
__________________
CMSmith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 10:55 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
1974 Argosy 20
2014 20' Flying Cloud
Kooskia , Idaho
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 4,591
Virtually all Suburban furnaces of that era had the same issue and recall, not just the NT22. When repaired with the recall parts (no longer available) there was no danger, but unless there is a sticker on the furnace stating that the recall was done, you best assume it has not been done.

If you do want to totally pull the furnace out, you will see a 2 -3 inch piece of rubber tubing about 1 1/2 inches in diameter in the back of the furnace, near the inlet/outlet tubes. That rubber tube needs to have a red stripe on it, which is the recalled part replacement. Solid black rubber tube is the original.

However, any almost 40 year old furnace is at or very near the end of it's useful life, and the new ones are equipped with electronic ignition and lower current draw motors and are probably worth it for that alone. Consider replacement on age alone.
__________________
idroba is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 11:44 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
Lumatic's Avatar

 
1971 25' Tradewind
1993 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Estancia , New Mexico
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 6,642
Images: 16
Blog Entries: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by idroba View Post
Consider replacement on age alone.
Second

But if you want to find the model take of the front cover of the furnace.
__________________
Sail on silver girl. Sail on by. Your time has come to shine.
Lumatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 12:13 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
1988 32' Excella
Robbinsville , New Jersey
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 1,008
Quote:
Originally Posted by idroba View Post
Consider replacement on age alone.
Agreed, also there is the possibility of the furnace rusting through causing a fire hazard.
__________________
Wazbro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 03:07 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
drboyd's Avatar

 
1978 25' Tradewind
Metro Phoenix , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,428
If you want to enrich your vocabulary, just take it out and put in a new one.
__________________
"Between what matters and what seems to matter, how should the world we know judge wisely?" - E.C. Bentley, Trent's Last Case
drboyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 05:23 PM   #8
4 Rivet Member
 
2008 16' Safari
Destrehan , Louisiana
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 395
Ah, yes I remember this furnace well. It does have a pizo electric ignetor that is supposed to light the pilot light. They often get out of adjustment or just don't work at all. You can also light this by unscrewing the mica cover. (that's the little window that lets you see the pilot light) You might need some pliers to get it off, they tend to rust in over time.
Put the unit to PILOT and hold done the RED button. This will allow gas for the pilot to flow. If the ingitor is working, the pilot light will come on. If the ignitor is not working you will have to light it with a match.
Continue to hold down the RED button for 30 seconds. The pilot flame will heat the sensor and the pilot light will stay on when you release the RED button. Put the unit to ON and it should work.
These old units can leak fumes into the trailer if there are any holes eaten through the heat exchanger. Check it out if you can, if not get it checked out by someone qualified.
__________________
dlb435 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2013, 09:46 AM   #9
Rivet Master
 
Lumatic's Avatar

 
1971 25' Tradewind
1993 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Estancia , New Mexico
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 6,642
Images: 16
Blog Entries: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by dlb435 View Post
if not get it checked out by someone qualified.
My experience has been qualified someones won't touch older furnaces because of the liability factor.
__________________
Sail on silver girl. Sail on by. Your time has come to shine.
Lumatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2013, 01:58 PM   #10
4 Rivet Member
 
2008 16' Safari
Destrehan , Louisiana
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 395
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lumatic View Post
My experience has been qualified someones won't touch older furnaces because of the liability factor.
That's a bummer. I can understand why though.
I ended up changing my heater out to a new model with the same BTU rating. I had to construct a new air plenum because the new heater would not line up with the old duct work. It was sure nice to have safe reliable heat.
__________________
dlb435 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2013, 02:31 PM   #11
Rivet Master
 
Lumatic's Avatar

 
1971 25' Tradewind
1993 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Estancia , New Mexico
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 6,642
Images: 16
Blog Entries: 1
You can cannibalize the old cabinet for the plunum and use the existing ductwork. There are several threads
__________________

__________________
Sail on silver girl. Sail on by. Your time has come to shine.
Lumatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:41 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.