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Old 09-29-2008, 12:56 PM   #1
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Heater Problem

While camping in our 2009 Rockwood 8317ss the heater stopped working in the middle of the night. We thought we were out of fuel, so we switched to the other tank. This seemed to work.

When we got home we discovered that the fuel tank we thought had run out had not. We then tested out heater and the fan will come on for about 15-20 seconds and then nothing. It doesn't matter how high we set the thermostat the same thing happens.

It is a suburban gas heater.

Any Suggestions?
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Old 09-29-2008, 02:00 PM   #2
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Sounds like propane tank froze off. Try shutting it off disconnecting hose and try again
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Old 09-29-2008, 02:22 PM   #3
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Thanks That's not the problem. The stovetop lights so the gas is working. Just not the heater.

DH called the dealer and is taking it over first thing tomorrow. They're hoping it's a bad circuit board, a simple fix to replace. We leaving Thurs for a 5-day trip to the Poconos so we can't leave it at the dealer. Wish us luck!

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Old 09-29-2008, 05:41 PM   #4
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Is the heater heating when it does run? if it's not lighting at all it could be the sail switch. Sometimes a blocked (or even partially blocked) register will cause the unit not to have enough air flow to trip the sail switch so it won't light.
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:22 PM   #5
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THanks for the replies. We took it in today. They said it was a loose sparkplug. It's working now.
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:41 AM   #6
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I experienced the same problem during our 5 week summer vacation. Turned on the heat at the thermostat and the furnace fan came on sounding like it would light but just kept the fan running. My first thought was that it might be something to do with my digital thermostat as I recently installed one this year. As time progressed during the holiday I noticed that when switched to the other tank everything ran fine. When on the opposite tank, everything but the furnace ran. I talked to a buddy of mine and he figures that it is something to do with the propane tank itself and to burn of all of the gas in that tank and since he is certified to work on these things he will change the valve.

I suspect that maybe the valve is not allowing enough gas or too much and the furnace may have some sort of sensing unit that recognizes this and will not ignite the gas. (fan just keeps running and will not ignite). I will let you know what happens when we change that bottles valve.
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