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Factory Suburban igniter boards suck! 6 days 7 hours ago #1

I was just wondering how many people have had issue with their furnace or water heater igniter boards? Last winter I had the igniter board on my furnace fail and now I'm pretty sure the control board on my water heater is on the blink. My coach is less than a year old. On the water heater the propane ignition spark seems very weak and won't ignite the gas. I've been using propane all summer and it's worked fine until yesterday. I pulled the electrode and cleaned it and checked the gap. I can hear the coil firing but the spark is weak. The water heater works fine on AC power.

I bit the bullet and purchased a Dinosaur Electronics UIB S from Amazon which is a direct replacement for the Suburban board. Hopefully this solves my issue. My furnace board is also now a Dinosaur Electronics.

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Factory Suburban igniter boards suck! 5 days 20 hours ago #2

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Yes, I've lost a board on our furnace and I helped our neighbour in California replace the board on his furnace last winter, I believe his replacement was a Dinosaur board as well. The replacement was a bit different in size but came with adapter pieces to fit the Suburban brackets.

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Factory Suburban igniter boards suck! 5 days 16 hours ago #3

almcc wrote: Yes, I've lost a board on our furnace and I helped our neighbour in California replace the board on his furnace last winter, I believe his replacement was a Dinosaur board as well. The replacement was a bit different in size but came with adapter pieces to fit the Suburban brackets.


I've had a bit of experience with Dinosaur Electronics before as I replaced the board in my Norcold refrigerator in my previous RV. Their boards are superior craftsmanship and have a great warranty. It's frustrating to see failures on such new appliances though. Yes I'm under warranty but I've learned quickly how much a pain dealer service is though when you are a full-timer and your rig is your only home. I have to give some props to Keystone though as they covered part of the mobile service cost when my furnace board took a dump.

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Factory Suburban igniter boards suck! 4 days 19 hours ago #4

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I'm a bit interested in these "adapter pieces to fit the Suburban brackets", as the igniter module on our Suburban Water Heater is just taped to the outside of the unit with aluminum duct tape.

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Factory Suburban igniter boards suck! 4 days 17 hours ago #5

mhs4771 wrote: I'm a bit interested in these "adapter pieces to fit the Suburban brackets", as the igniter module on our Suburban Water Heater is just taped to the outside of the unit with aluminum duct tape.


You might not have to use an adaptor bracket if you select the correct size board. Dinosaur Electronics ignitor boards are universal and work in most manufacturers appliances but they do come in two sizes (UIB S and UIB L). The board that was installed in my furnace was the exact same size as the factory board and just slipped right into the circuit board slot.

I'm going to attempt the installation of the new water heater board myself (if I can get my fat butt squeezed into that tight basement). I had heard the board is taped to the outside of the water heater but I'm assuming it has a cover or something. Can anyone confirm this? They do have a cover but I didn't order it assuming I could just reuse the cover from the factory board.

Here is a link . . .

www.dinosaurelectronics.com/Ignitor_boards.htm

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