How to fix unknown (furnace?) squeak

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Dear RV Shrink:
rvshrinkWe have a squeak that is making me crazy. My husband has a hearing problem and does not hear high-pitched noise. I think it might be something to do with the furnace because that is when I hear it. Should we try to fix the furnace or my husband? —Annoyed in Annapolis

Dear AA:
I would start with the furnace as husbands are so much harder to fix.

With the little information I have, I am going to guess blower fan. Clean it and lube it. It might be dirty and off balance a bit, worn or dry. If you can’t do it, assign your husband to the task. If he can’t do it, find an RV technician. The RV technician will make your wallet squeak. See if your husband can hear that. —Keep Smilin’, RV Shrink


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Most propane gas heaters made for RVs have blower motors that are permanently lubricated from the factory. Cleaning the “squirrel cage” fan assembly should be an annual job along with checking all electrical connections. The gas valve and associated piping should also be checked. The later by a professional unless you have the expertise.

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When our furnace quit we had it replaced with a new one – the same brand – and it had a high pitched “squeal” that our repairman and my husband couldn’t hear but I couldn’t stand. The dealer told our repairman that’s the way they come with the size unit we needed. We couldn’t try another brand. So we had our repairman take it out and return it. We have a smaller fifth wheel rv so just use electric heaters to heat anymore.

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Chuck: you got rid of “things” not memories”. My grandmother taught me a long time ago that “memories are one gift from God that death cannot destroy”.