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Old 07-29-2013, 04:51 PM   #1
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Carbon Monoxide Detector

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Last night we were using the electric furnace in our Redwood 5th wheel. Somehow during the night it switched over to propane furnace. Then the carbon monoxide detector went off. We aired out the trailor and turned off the furnace and then reset the thermostat to electric again. The electric furnace came back on. Any ideas as to what happened?
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Old 07-29-2013, 05:09 PM   #2
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Not sure what you are asking. Are you wondering why the furnace switched over, or why the CO detector alarmed?
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Old 07-29-2013, 05:26 PM   #3
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Yes both problems. The furnace was set for electric but it shitched over to propane.
With the propane furnace running you could smell an ordor and the alarm went off.
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Old 07-29-2013, 05:54 PM   #4
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I'm not familiar with your particular unit, so I can only "guess" at the problem.
As far as it switching over to LP, is it possible it got cool enough that the electric wasn't able to supply enough heat and they might have an automatic switch over designed into the system?

Did you have any windows or vents open when the furnace was running? Especially on the side where the furnace exhausts? It's possible it was sucking the exhaust fumes back in that way. If you can't find where the fumes on getting in from, my suggestion would be to take it into the dealer and have it thoroughly checked out.
Another thought---is your unit brand new? Have you ever run the furnace before? If the answer is yes to both, maybe the alarm was set off because the furnace was burning off some of the oils on it and newness of the whole system/unit.
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:12 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reply. The unit is just over 1 year old. I cannot recall having run the propane furnace before, if we have it has been for very short periods. Will keep an eye on it and if it happens again we will have it checked out.
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:58 PM   #6
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Just remember that CO is nothing to mess around with. Did you double check the battery on your CO monitor?
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:31 AM   #7
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"Just remember that CO is nothing to mess around with. Did you double check the battery on your CO monitor? "

X2. Important advice.
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:54 AM   #8
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For safety, carry a spare monitor, when at home, remove from RV, remove battery and store with "RV supplies".
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Old 08-01-2013, 02:21 PM   #9
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Heather - By electric furnace I assume you are using the heat pump, which is usually installed on one of the A/C units, but depending on options could be on both A/C's. If only 1 HVAC multi-function controller has the electric heat option you have only 1 heat pump.

When using the heat pump the system is set up that the propane furnace will automatically kick in if the heat pump cannot supply sufficient heat to maintain the requested temperature, or the difference between requested temperature and ambient temperature is above a set level. During the PDI I seem to recall our coach is about 10 degrees. Therefore, if we select a temperature more than 10 degrees above the ambient temperature the heat pump starts, but the furnace kicks in fairly quickly.

To save the furnace from kicking in lower the temperature setting and increase it as the coach heats up. If you have the fireplace this kicks out considerable heat and also saves using propane when it is rather chilly.
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