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Furnace gas pilot light keeps going out when windy outside

I live in a mobile home up on a hill that gets a lot of wind. I've had several furnace men out and everything according to them is fine with the furnace and up top on the roof. My furnace is a intertherm model and I have it in my main hallway. Because I get so much wind it keeps going out, usually everyday if not several times a day. Is there anything that I can do, such as a special roof vent that can prevent this. The furnace guys say that I have to buy a whole new furnace in order to get a electric start, I just can't put one in, even though my furnace is in good condition. I have a Furnace model MGH065AC date code 83aplln-01 I can't find under product the one that I have so I picked one in the same product category. Please note that I donot have a airconditioner, just a furnace, it was the only product listed close to a furnace.

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Honeywell makes an electronic ignition conversion kit. (White rodgers also has one but it uses a mercury switch which can be expense if it goes bad). A good service man can install the "Honeywell Y86 Universal Intermittent Pilot Retrofit Kit". This is a "complete" kit for converting a standing pilot system to electronic ignition. It includes a new gas valve, ignition cables with connectors. ignition module and a pilot assembly. It does not include pilot tubing (pilot tubing is cheap). This kit also comes equipped for either natural gas or propane. Your heating guys probably don't know about it because they are to young and not familiar with the old days. Or they just don't care and would rather sell you a furnace. I think that they just don't care. I live in Ohio I just opened up the "new" Johnstone Supply catalog. This part is "not" outdated its on page 450. Do not let these heating guys buffalo you into a new furnace. You are to smart for that! If you weren't you would have believed them and bought something you don't need. Instead of researching on the internet.
The bad news is this kit lists for $456. plus labor.
Good luck!

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If you check with the furnace manufacturer you will find the retrofit kits above are not approved for mobile home furnaces the combustion chambers are not as open as a convential furnace if the pilot fails to light gas can build up in the furnace and create an unsafe condition and possibly an explosion.

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