Furnace won't start

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  1. Augphoto

    Augphoto New Member

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    My 2000 Dutchman has an Atwood 7916-11 furnace. I haven't installed a battery yet but, my PU is plugged in. I can't get the furnace to work. Does anyone know if this furnace is D.C. or A.C. powered?
     
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    If the PUP is plugged in to shore power and you have the propane turned on, it should start after you turn up the thermostat. It's not immediate, though. It can take several minutes to start.

    The furnace is 12v DC, and gets power through the converter.


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  3. themanfromvan

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    Your thermostat probably has an on/off switch on it that you will have to make sure is "on" before the furnace will function. Mine is on the bottom of the thermostat and clearly marked on/off.

    If you have an electrical power source, the switch is on and the propane is on, the furnace should fire. It may blow cold air for 15 - 30 seconds before the burner ignites for the first time.

    Oh - and not to be a geek or anything, but you do have propane in your bottle, right?

    Check all things things out and let us know what happens.

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    Edited by - themanfromvan on July 26 2007 21:54:10
     
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    My furnace has a switch under the cover. I have to pop off the cover and flip the switch then turn up the thermostat. If your tank is clamped down (and it should be) you can't lift it or shake it. To test if you have propane try lighting your stove. Remeber that it may take a while on either one to clear the air out before gas gets to the appliance. Let us know!

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  5. Augphoto

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    The switch is on, the thermostat is up, the propane is on. I know I have propane because the stove lights (it's farther down the line than the furnace). The fridge won't light, either!
     
  6. mercman

    mercman Go Ahead, Be That Happy Camper!

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    Is there a gas shut-off valve on the line to the fridge, furnace, also check for a kinked hose.
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  7. themanfromvan

    themanfromvan Van, PA - Near The PA Wilds

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    Is it a matter of the furnace will not function at all or does it kick on when the thermostat calls for heat but just blows cold air?

    Did you check the fuses in your inverter? That would probably affect the furnace, I'm not sure about the fridge.

    Is there possibly some dust around the fridge pilot that's preventing it from lighting? You are holding the dial down while popping the ignitor, right?

    Like Mercman said, there may be a gate valve between the bottle and the pilot light. My pop up doesn't have one but my ex-boss's hybrid does.

    Does the fridge function properly on 110V? Uh....uh.... I'm trying to think of more questions.

    Oh, BTW, level in a propane bottle can be checked by pouring boiling hot water over it. Where ever condensation forms, there is gas in the bottle.

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  8. Augphoto

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    Sorry it took so long to post, I've been quite busy.

    I couldn't find a shut-off valve or a kinked hose.

    The furnace doesn't work at all - no heat, no blower operation. All fuses are good. I do hold the dial down (seemingly forever) when trying to ignite. The fridge works great on 110v operation. Plenty of propane, also.

    I am going to vacuum out the area behind the fridge and see what this does. It's very, dirty. Other than that I don't know what to do.

    Everything will then go on hold for a while. I will be on an overnighter for work starting tonight until about noon Saturday. Upon returning home I will eat , shower, and set off on our virgin camping trip in this PU. Will be camping until Tuesday. Maybe I can figure it out while at the campground. In the meantime my fridge will be on 110v and I shouldn't need heat. I would like to get them going for future ventures, however.
     
  9. themanfromvan

    themanfromvan Van, PA - Near The PA Wilds

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    See if you can get a fellow camper at the campground to help you figure it out.

    I bet if you ask enough people, by the time you return home on Tuesday you'll have everything up and running.

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