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Problem: Furnace main burner ignites, the main burner stays on for 8 to 10 seconds, then shuts right back off

Problem: Your furnace main burner ignites, the main burner stays on for 8 to 10 seconds, then shuts right back off. Your furnace tries this ignition sequence again, and the same thing happens. After 3 times the furnace goes into lock out, and the only way to get it out of lock out is to turn the power switch off and on. Everything starts over again without ignition of your gas burners.

Solution: First, turn off the power to your furnace. Check all wires and ground wires to make sure they have good tight connections and are not burnt. Next, remove the screw or screws that hold your flame sensor in. Please do not confuse the flame sensor with an Ignitor. We do not want to touch the ignitor at all. If you touch an ignitor it will shorten the life of the ignitor or it will break. Below this paragraph we have a picture comparing an ignitor with a flame sensor. Clean your flame sensor with steel wool or emery cloth (fine sand paper). You might need a new flame sensor, but most of the time they can be cleaned and your furnace will work well after cleaning. I have seen flame sensor go out. Most of the time when they go out the white porcelain is cracked. You might want to have a spare flame sensor on hand. Here is a link to our Flame Sensors Page: Please click hear to go to our Flame Sensors Page or you can click on the flame sensor picture below. Near the bottom of this page we have a YouTube video on how to troubleshoot, clean and change-out a flame sensor.

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Below is a picture to help you identify what a flame sensor looks like and what an ignitor looks like. Below is a picture comparing flame sensors on the top with an ignitor on the bottom. We do not want to touch the gray glass part of the ignitor or it will shorten the ignitor’s life or it might break.

 

flame sensor

ignitor

Please click here to go to our furnace ignitors page.

Below we have a YouTube Video on how to troubleshoot and clean a flame sensor:


One Response to Problem: Furnace main burner ignites, the main burner stays on for 8 to 10 seconds, then shuts right back off

  1. Steve Arnold March 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

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