Even if you are an exclusive summer RV traveler, you’ll want to make sure that your RV furnace is in good operating order —the nights in some areas still get cool! If you are a snowbird who heads south each winter, you already know the value of the warmth provided by your forced-air heating system. Motorhome’s furnaces use a sealed combustion system that uses propane as fuel. This means that the system is relatively low maintenance and may continue to produce warm air even when not performing optimally. However, to keep your RV furnace functioning properly, it is recommended to have your furnace inspected and serviced, at least annually.


RV Furnace Service

All motorhome owners can perform some of their own maintenance steps to help avoid labor costs and uncomfortably low temperatures from ill-performing furnace systems. Clean the furnace regularly, especially after the RV has been sitting for a long period of time, to clear dust that has gathered. Ensure that ductwork is routed properly, is clean, and is not blocked. Ensure that the return airflow vent is not obstructed and is clean. To clean these areas, first remove large debris and then vacuum areas that you can access. For vents and access points, you can wipe down the surfaces. It should be noted that when you are conducting your own RV furnace service, you should never break the seal on any gasket as this can cause carbon monoxide to leak into your motorhome, which can be lethal.

At a professional RV service and repair shop, thorough RV furnace inspections and service will check that the delivery line pressure is correct and the regulator is working properly. Deep cleaning is conducted and the propane piping system is tested for leaks. If you have these services performed at the beginning of the season, it will ensure that you have a reliably warm travel season.

RV Furnace Service in Denver

At Mericle RV, we are a full-service RV service and repair shop in Denver. Our RV furnace service includes annual inspections and service that will help keep your RV furnace operating safely and efficiently. In addition to furnace services, we also offer a wide range of RV services including routine maintenance and repair, as well as custom fabrication. If your RV furnace has not been serviced recently, or you’d like an inspection, contact us for more information or to schedule your service.

What You Need to Know About Your Motorhome Furnace

If you are like many Coloradans, the onset of cold weather is just the beginning of adventuring! There is plenty to explore in your motorhome, camper, or RV in the cold months, but you probably don’t want to sleep in the cold. Or, maybe you are an out-of-towner traveling through the Front Range and not used to the cooler temperatures you’ll encounter on your journey. Either way, RV furnaces will provide the warmth you and your travel companions need to face the cooler weather and continue exploring all year round. As an RV owner, there are a few things you should know about the furnace.

Types of RV furnaces

Generally, there are two different types of RV furnaces, a direct discharge furnace or a ducted furnace. These operate similarly to your residential furnace at home, with some differences. Direct discharge furnaces are typically found in smaller, older motorhomes and compact and lightweight. These RV furnaces blow warm air directly into the motorhome through a vented faceplate. A ducted furnace is similar to the heating system in your home and relies on ducts to disperse warm air throughout the RV more evenly. Ducted RV furnaces use vents and a thermostat to help control the temperature within your motorhome.

Common RV Furnace Problems

Like any other heating system, RV furnaces are subject to poor performance and operation issues. When you are on the road, knowing a few basic troubleshooting tips can mean the difference between comfortable adventuring and surrendering to the nearest hotel.

Pilot light won’t light or stay lit.

While most RVs now have a direct spark ignition system, some still operate with pilot lights. If yours will not light or stay lit, it may be that the thermocouple is not properly positioned. However, if you are also having problems with your stove and hot water heater, it could indicate a faulty regulator at the propane tank.

The system will not turn on.

First, it is important to make sure that the heating system is connected to a working power source. Ensure that the battery is good, the power is on, and that the circuit has not tripped and the fuse has not blown. If power sources are functioning properly, you may have a problem with the thermostat connection or the furnace may no longer be working and may need to be replaced.

The fan runs, but there is no heat.

This means that the thermostat and the furnace are working and possible issues may include insufficient air flow, a bad propane valve, or a bad regulator at the propane tank. Make sure you have a full power supply and that there are no obstructions to airflow.

If you are in the Denver area and are having issues with your RV furnace, contact the RV repair specialists at Mericle RV. We are proud to offer mobile RV services and a wide range or RV repair and maintenance. Contact us for your estimate and get back to your journey!

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