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Problem: I changed out my control board and my furnace blower motor continues to run constantly.

Problem: I changed out my control board and my furnace blower motor continues to run constantly. Even if I disconnect the thermostat wires it continues to run the blower. The only way I can shut the blower off is to turn the power to the furnace off. What could be the problem?

Answer: Most of the time when a blower will not shut off it is an open limit or rollout switch problem. Many furnaces (Bryant & Carrier) when first powered on will run the blower for a minute or two then shut off. This is a safety function of the furnace to eliminate any heat that is in the heat exchanger before the furnace begins its heating cycle. If your blower is running all the time… I would suggest that you test your limit control and roll-out switches to make sure they are not open. I have some pictures of limit controls and roll-out switches below. If a rollout switch or limit is open, the furnace thinks it has over-heated and the control board makes the blower run all the time to cool the furnace down. You would need to test these with a meter to make sure they are not open. Is your control board flashing a blink code? If it is blinking a fault code, try to read what the code says the problem is. The fault code key is usually located on the furnace door. Please click here if you would like to see the limits and rollout switches that we sell.  Another problem that could cause the blower to run all the time would be a faulty thermostat that is sending 24 volts through the green fan on wire. Please make sure your thermostat is set to “Fan Auto” and not “Fan ON”.  I would like to suggest that you take the green wire off the “G” terminal on the control board and see if the blower stops. If the blower stops after the green wire is removed then this indicates that you have either a thermostat problem or a thermostat wire problem. If the green and red thermostat wires are shorted out then this would cause the blower to run all the time. A stuck relay (contacts welded shut) on the control board can cause this problem too. Below we have a very informative YouTube video that explains how furnace limits and rollout switches operate and how to test limits and rollouts. If you have any other questions please feel free to email us at: support@arnoldservice.com or comment in our comments section below. We would love to have your business.

 

Limits

Above-two limits and one rollout switch in the middle:

12 thoughts on “Problem: I changed out my control board and my furnace blower motor continues to run constantly.

  1. Hi,

    Model: Goodman GME95; around 6 years old
    Issue: blower motor runs continuously

    Tests done so far:
    1. All thermostat wires checked for short, including G and R combination. Thermostat is on auto and is not sending voltage on G signal when no heat (W) is being asked for. In fact, the blower motor runs continuously even if all thermostat wires removed from circuit board. Thermostat is an ecobee3lite.
    2. The circuit board 3amp fuse is intact.
    3. 24v circuits were checked and functioning properly, including high limit switch, and both flame rollouts getting continuity in normal course
    4. No error codes on circuit board, nor any error code history
    5. Circuit board set for default single stage operation with blower motor timeout at 100 seconds
    6. Tried turning the furnace off at main/breakers for an hour and turned on again to reset anything.
    7. Gave the largest relay on the board a little whack with the back of a screwdriver to see if it “unstuck” if there was something stuck there.

    However, no dice…. the blower is constantly getting 125v signal on HI-HEAT prong all the time and starts running as soon as the circuit board gets power and doesn’t stop ever. Not sure what else to check.

    1. Hi Matt! It sounds like you have checked and tested most everything thing that I can think of that would cause the furnace blower to run constantly. If the circuit board is giving a flash code then I would suggest trying to find out what the flash code means. I would also suggest that you check your pressure switch to make sure it is opening and closing properly. I some cases I have heard pressure switch problems to cause the blower to run constantly. It sounds like you are going to need a new control board to fix the problem. If you want me to look it up and see which control board your furnace uses then please send me your furnace’s model number to our email address: arnoldservice@gmail.com. There are lots of GME95 models. I hope you can find and fix the problem soon! Steve

      1. Not sure if my previous reply went through, Steve.
        The model # is GME950805CXAA.

        Believe the OEM PCB part is PCBBF132S.
        However, wondering if White-Rodgers 50M56-743 may also work?

      2. Yes, Your furnace uses the PCBBF132S control board. I looked it up in our Goodman parts program. I am sorry, but I do not know if the White-Rodgers control board 50M56-743 would work as a replacement or not. I hope you can get your furnace fixed soon! Steve

  2. hi
    i had the ” blower fan runs continually ” issue. I did all the troubleshooting and the circuit board was replaced. ST9103A 1002. On the back was a burn mark that runs from CN6 to a #3 spade connector on the “S” diagram. I wish i could send a picture. Now the new board did the same thing. So what’s causing this circuit to over heat and blow on the board?
    It’s a standard central air , system , installed in 2001…..
    thanks
    john

    1. Hi John! I am very sorry, but I am not familiar with the ST9103A 1002 control board. This sounds like you either have a control that is causing a short to ground or a loose connection on the control board. If you have a loose wire connection on the board it will cause over-heating and burnouts. I would try to trace the wires down and try to find out what area of the control board controls what device on the furnace. The device or control where you have the burn out might be causing the problem. So sorry that I can not give you a solution. If you want to send a picture you can to our email address: arnoldservice@gmail.com. I probably will not be able to help because I am not familiar with the control board. You might want to call the manufacturer of the control board and see what they say. Steve

  3. Blower motor would not run
    Changed the board . The furnace came ran, heated the house up, the gas stop like it should.
    now the blower motor keep going on and off.

    1. Hi Art! Sound like you might have a blower motor problem. Please make sure the blower motor run capacitor is in good condition. I would suggest that you turn off the power to the furnace and see if the blower motor is hot. If the motor is hot then you probably either have a weak capacitor or one of the windings in the blower motor are going out. If the motor is not hot then you might have a control board problem. Check and see if the motor is getting a constant 120 volts when it is going off and on. If the voltage is cutting off and on (lower and higher) then the control board might be the problem. I suggest making sure all wires and wire connections are good and tight. I hope you can easily find and fix the problem. Steve

  4. Steve,
    After several hours searching the interweb, I found your 2012 article and followed it step-by-step. Thank you for a well documented article, augmented with YouTube. My 30 year-old Bryant is back to normal!!

    1. Hi Ed! Thanks so much for letting me know the great news! So glad to hear that you were able to fix your furnace! Awesome! Hope you have a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year! Steve

  5. Does this apply to electric furnaces too?

    1. Hi! Yes, if one of the limits on an electric furnace are open then the blower could run all the time. This could also be a stuck fan relay on the control board or a thermostat that is sending 24 volts on the green wire all the time. So you might need a new thermostat, control board or limit. A shorted thermostat wire could also cause the fan to run all the time. You should be able to test with a volt meter and find out where the problem is. Thanks for asking this question. Steve

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