What Are the Causes of RV Furnace Failure?

What Are the Causes of RV Furnace Failure?
Taking your RV into the great outdoors is a pleasurable experience nearly 8 million Americans enjoy. There's nothing better than docking your home on wheels next to scenic panoramas and having the convenience of a warm cozy place to bed down for the night. An RV trip can be pleasurable until your furnace fails. RV furnace failure can quickly transform a comfortable, exciting gateway into an uncomfortable, dreary outing. Identifying the causes of furnace failure in an RV can regain confidence in your mobile home away from home.

Blown Fuse

One of the simplest causes of failure to a furnace is a blown fuse that causes the fan to stop working. Check to see if the circuit breaker is tripped, and identify if the fuse is blown. If so, you can easily replace the fuse. You should always carry spare fuses.

Dead Battery

A dead battery is easy to diagnose. Check to see if you have power in the RV. If not, your battery may be low in charge or dead. Without power to the furnace, your furnace won't run.

Bad Propane Tank

If your fan is running but you have no heat, a likely cause is at the propane tank. Check to see if the regulator is working. A bad regulator can stop heat from coming from the furnace. A bad valve on the tank can also eliminate heat from being produced.

Blocked Ventilation

If your vents are blocked, partially closed, or obstructed, your furnace can kick off and cause failure to the system. Blocked vents can easily go unnoticed when vacationing and lots of clumsy gear is jostling around in the RV.

Dirty System

If the furnace system is not routinely cleaned, buildup inside the vents and furnace can cause system failure. Maintain a good, clean system and it will run efficiently and strong.

Article Written By Rob Holzman

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Rob Holzman has been writing outdoor articles since 1997. He recently published the first comprehensive rock climbing guidebook for Pennsylvania and has fiction work published in the "Pacific Northwest Inlander". Holzman has also appeared on FOX television and has been an outdoor consultant for the Discovery Channel.

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