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carpdad 11-16-2012 12:43 PM

furnace pressure switches
Hello. My Rheem furnace needs a new pressure switch. The broken switch is from Amazon seller, and it lasted almost 3 years. I checked back and the same switches are for sale. Having to spend $50 for another same switch is...:furious:
I looked around, and Lennox has a switch that is rated .31 wc-pf. The Rheem switch is .30" wc.
I called Rheem and asked in hvac forums, but it is by the script, which is can't answer for variances.
Does .01" wc matter that much?
I don't know the electrical rating for Lennox switch, but I could ask the seller, I hope.
Thank you in advance.

Marty S. 11-16-2012 01:03 PM

The .31 will be fine. The mounting might be different though. The next question is are you sure it's a pressure switch problem and not a flue ,heat exchanger or inducer problem?

yuri 11-16-2012 02:19 PM

Those Rheem switches were prone to failure and the setting is so low they trip easily. Not sure but the replacement may be a .35 but the Lennox will work but the mounting will be difficult. Better to get a Rheem OEM switch. Poke the port out where the tube from it attaches to the furnace with a paper clip or drill bit in case it is plugging up.

carpdad 11-16-2012 09:08 PM

Thank you both for the answers. I feel better making that bet on the Lennox switch.
I am sure the problem is the switch. I saved the original switch which had sticking diaphragm piston or the button on the switch. Pushing them around a little seemed to make the switch work, but I ordered a replacement and been using it since. This morning I put the original back and so far so good.
Lennox has Honeywell logo on it, so I hope it is better built switch.

carmon 11-16-2012 09:31 PM

will make no difference...... they all come from overseas..... 10 cents to make them...why do you think they fail.....:laughing:

carpdad 12-30-2012 11:30 AM

Lennox switch's been in about a month now. No problem. I used the mount from the defective unit so the furnace cover doesn't hit the new switch, and reused the hose from the switch to the helper blower. Again, thanks for your help.

Fix'n it 12-31-2012 10:47 AM

i just had a problem with my pressure switch. it was the electical connections. i worked them some, and it is still working.

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