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Old 08-28-2011, 11:33 AM   #1
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Need help with heater igniter electrode for suburban furnace

Igniter electrode part number 231168 for suburban furnace in 1989 mini wini

The igniter works the first time when we turn on heater, but won't reignite until completely cold again. Have tried to get a replacement part, but looks as if they are completely out of production.

Any ideas, work-arounds? Or do we just need to buy a new furnace?

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Old 08-28-2011, 01:58 PM   #2
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Did you try to clean it, also the problem could be the limit switch or something on the circuit board.

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Old 08-29-2011, 08:36 AM   #3
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Did you try to clean it, also the problem could be the limit switch or something on the circuit board.
Good question, but yes we have tried to clean it .... Will investigate the other items. Thanks
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Old 09-03-2011, 03:54 PM   #4
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Try Googling the furnace model for after market control units. I did for my water heater and found a very good unit made in Newport, Oregon. Available by mail or rv repair centers.
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Old 09-04-2011, 06:13 PM   #5
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Before you replace, check the spacing of the points on the ignightor electrode.

Last spring on my way north we had one cold night, Normally we heat with electric but "on the road" we have to use gas.. Next day I pulled the burner assembly out of the furnace and measured the gap at only 2x specification.

Now ... I've not yet had to re-set my water heater gap.. But there are indications I perhaps should.

Furnace at my parents stick house was flakey too.. Till I reset the gap.

Why they can't get it right at the factory.. I don't know.
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Old 09-10-2011, 05:33 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the suggestions
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You can find parts for older RV's at Jim RV Center in Nichols New York. Google them, they have an online parts catalog.

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