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Old 03-27-2015, 08:36 PM   #1
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Furnace and propane outage

If the tanks run out of propane, will the furnace continue to try and light itself? It's supposed to get in the 20's here and we're going away for the weekend. I have a small space heater in there, but was thinking of setting the furnace to 45f, just in case. I despise these winter returns after de-winterizing.
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Old 03-27-2015, 09:51 PM   #2
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If the tanks run out of propane, will the furnace continue to try and light itself? It's supposed to get in the 20's here and we're going away for the weekend. I have a small space heater in there, but was thinking of setting the furnace to 45f, just in case. I despise these winter returns after de-winterizing.
It will, not sure how long before it gives up. Maybe check the manual and see if it has any information, or call the manufacturer. Can you leave a small electric heater going instead? I just went and turned my electric heater back on. I haven't de-winterized...yet. I was going camping last weekend, but work got in the way Now we are scheduled for next weekend.

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Yes... it'll stay on and try re-lighting itself at least 3 or 4 times. At some point, it will give up and turn itself off. At least, that was my experience last winter.
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If I forget to turn on the propane and purge the lines, it will try for about 3 minutes, then turn off. Shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 03-28-2015, 03:57 PM   #5
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Ok, thanks. I think I will just hope the electric space heater doesn't croak or burn the camper down. It was a nice toasty 60f with the space heater set to it's lowest setting. We are only going away for one day now, so it should be good.
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I leave my electric heater on most of the winter on low. I do check it whenever I am home. If it catches fire and burns I have insurance...

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