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Old 12-06-2013, 02:26 PM   #1
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My furnace just clicks

Hello, I have a 40' Forest River Cardinal Fifth Wheel there are a lot of posts on here about furnaces but none quite answer my question. My family have been living in our RV now for a few months, and everything has been pretty good. We are in Oklahoma and it is starting to get cold, our furnace has been working great until now all of a sudden it just quit working, I can here it click to try do something but nothing at all happens, no fan it just clicks. I have checked the regular things like Propane, fuse, etc. I even shut all the power down including the battery thinking that maybe it would reset or something. I was wondering if anyone new what for sure was wrong with it????
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:29 PM   #2
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Perhaps the following troubleshooting guide will help. If your furnace was working and now is not, I would make sure it was getting gas. Then check for obstructions or dirt on the burner or electrodes. Since you are hearing clicking sounds, it sounds like you are getting ignition. However, don't assume anything.
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:38 PM   #3
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Sounds as if you have a fan problem. Can you access the fan? If you can try turning the fan 1/4 turn. After moving the fan try starting furnace again. If the furnace starts you have a dead spot of the fan motor. If you cannot access the fan motor you could try blowing compressed air into the furnace exhaust port. This might allow the fan to move from the dead spot if that is the problem.
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:43 PM   #4
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If you don't have the fan running, nothing will happen. You may have to access the furnace fan to see if it's free to turn. If it is, you could then see if 12V power is reaching the fan.

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Old 12-06-2013, 08:44 PM   #5
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A few reports of control boards going bad lately on other RV forums. Of those that had this issue, non of them were using a surge protector. HINT!

Assuming you have a Suburban brand, this is a good video to help you troubleshoot.

For replacement control board, Look up Ignitor Board Index page
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:01 PM   #6
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Sounds as if you have a fan problem. Can you access the fan? If you can try turning the fan 1/4 turn. After moving the fan try starting furnace again. If the furnace starts you have a dead spot of the fan motor. If you cannot access the fan motor you could try blowing compressed air into the furnace exhaust port. This might allow the fan to move from the dead spot if that is the problem.
Ok, I think that I will try that tomorrow, and yes my fan is not accessible so I will blow in the furnace to make the fan move and try again. I do think that it is odd though that it was working fine and the next day it just quit.
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Thanks for all the info. I will start trouble shooting tomorrow and let you know if I find out what is wrong.
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Ok, I think that I will try that tomorrow, and yes my fan is not accessible so I will blow in the furnace to make the fan move and try again. I do think that it is odd though that it was working fine and the next day it just quit.
Hate to throw cold water on this, but the blower fan cannot be moved by air being blown into the exhaust or inlet. These are ducted into the combustion chamber, not the heating chamber that the blower fan is connected to.
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:45 PM   #9
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Oh, ok looks like I am just going to have to pull they but out probably
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Oh, ok looks like I am just going to have to pull they but out probably
Pull the unit out I mean.
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