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Old 01-15-2012, 12:59 PM   #1
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Furnace motor is running but no air out


I have a very old (~1989) gas furnace at home. When it works, first, I can hear motor starts running but no air out for about 1 min. After 1 min, the air (eventually hot) comes out.

This morning, the motor is still running (I can still hear it), but it never blows. Can you please advice what could be the problem? Do you think it's serious that I should just replace the furnace? I will call a HVAC pros next week but it's cold so if I can fix it myself that would be great.

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post the make and model of the furnace and some pics of the motor. does it have a belt?

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Loose belt, broken belt, loose screw on the squarrel cage shaft.
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Sounds like a clogged port on the inducer pressure switch hose nipple or a broken ignitor.
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Where do I find the belt? Do I have to remove the motor from the furnace?


Here is the images.


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Are you sure you're hearing the actual blower motor or is it the inducer motor?
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Are you sure you're hearing the actual blower motor or is it the inducer motor?
I think what I meant was the inducer motor.

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I can see it spinning.

I tried to see if the exhaust pipe is hot, but it is not.

Sorry, if I made it confusing.
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Take the rubber hose off the inducer then clear out that little metal nipple that it connects to.
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Take the rubber hose off the inducer then clear out that little metal nipple that it connects to.
Thanks Marty.

I did it. The metal nipple is pretty clean actually. Do I have to clean deep inside the nipple?

Normally, after I turned the heater on, it would be another "click" after 1-2 mins and it will start to suck/blow the air out.
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ram a paper clip 1-2" inside that nipple or a small drill bit. also disconnect that hose from the pressure switch and blow it out.
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ram a paper clip 1-2" inside that nipple or a small drill bit. also disconnect that hose from the pressure switch and blow it out.
Marty & Yuri -- Thanks a lot. That solves the problem!

One thing I noticed was that this morning when it didn't work, I don't hear ignitor. Now, I can hear it clearly.
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The pressure switch closes via the inducer motor which then allows rest of the heating sequence to begin, the ignitor glows and then the gas valve opens, flames and lastly blower turns on.

No pressure switch, no heating.

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