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Kayteg1

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Posted: 12/09/19 08:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

hedgehopper wrote:

Kayteg1 wrote:

When propane runs out, the furnace fan will run continuously till it kills the batteries.
Our fan shuts off if there's no propane.


I guess newer furnaces with electronic board have a program shutting it down.
It was older furnace with pilot light, who killed batteries on my motorhome in the past.





Eric&Lisa

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Posted: 12/09/19 02:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

hedgehopper wrote:

Kayteg1 wrote:

When propane runs out, the furnace fan will run continuously till it kills the batteries.
Our fan shuts off if there's no propane.


To be more precise... It stops trying to ignite & closes the solenoid if it does not sense a flame. The blower will then shut off after running for a few moments to dissipate any residual propane and to cool any (potentially) heated surfaces.

I would be worried about a furnace which keeps operating unlit. Seems that is a recipe for the collection of propane and a potential explosion.

That said... An old style pilot-light furnace would not have the pilot to heat up the thermocouple and open the main valve. So I could see how it will happily run the blower without being a safety issue.

-Eric


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Posted: 12/12/19 08:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am just trying not to leave my DeLonghi heater alone in the room. I have a pet that can knock the heater over. But I leave it on when I go to sleep. It has an in-built timer so it shuts off automaticallly after several hours. (https://pickadvisor.org/best-space-heaters-for-basement/ )I don't have a story with a furnance firing up , but once our microwave oven was left unattended, when my grandmother just set the timer for several hours (!) to warm up her food and forgot about it. Fortunately, that day I came home earlier from work and turned it off. Everything was fine, but the plate was burnt black and smelled smoke.

* This post was edited 12/12/19 08:57pm by jfak7670 *

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