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Intermediate whistle I turned on my furnace at camp today and it has an intermediate whistle.

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  • Lee LaVanchard Dec 31, 2008

    We do have the same problem. Our heater is propane. Model #1004F. Our heater was new last year, and the problem began almost immediately, so I am can't believe it would immediately be dirty, dusty? Our heater is vented.

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That kind of noise is coming from the air or exhaust side of the unit. Check the end of your flue pipe for frost or ice. Make sure the pipes from the flue to the heater are in the correct position.

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Sounds like you have dust or spider web in one of the burner tubes. turn power off to unit and clean the burners especiaally by the nossles

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