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wetbar 01-26-2013 01:44 PM

furnace runs for a bit then no fire
hey I have a Lennox furnace, that the inducer motor will come on and spin for like 2 or 3 seconds and then shuts off. it will come back on after a few minutes and do the same thing again.I check the pressure, it is kicking in the pressure switch. on the schematic it shows a limit switch after the pressure sensor, if I take the wire off of that pressure sensor the indoor blower motor starts to turn instantly. in about 1 minute the inducer motor will spend and the furnace fires like normalit will run for about 10 or 15 minutes and then shut down. when it starts up it may or may not fire, if it does the burners will come on for about 1 minute and just before the blow motor comes on the burners go out. if I pull that wire off of that limit switch again it starts all over but never runs more than 15 minutes or so. I am NOT leaving that wire off I just momentarily take it off and put it back on when the blower motor starts.

the lights on the unit blink normal green no matter what happens
any clues what to test next or where to start?

Missouri Bound 01-26-2013 01:56 PM

Any way you can post the schematic?:whistling2: How old is the furnace? Maybe a control board issue.

wetbar 01-26-2013 02:19 PM

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This should help

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wetbar 01-26-2013 02:36 PM

I have replaced "s10" - primary gas limit (looks like a normal limit switch) not sure what gas has to do with it, unless it just kills the gas. it is 160 degrees. I also replace s21

wetbar 01-26-2013 06:28 PM

ok I have an update. I checked the lights again and they are blinking error code "Primary or Secondary limit open" . So I shorted all switches, one at a time to find the bad switch. gave same error on all until I shorted them all at once. I inserted a temp probe to make sure it didnt get sky high.The temps did get up to 150 degrees then gave another error code that says "Improper main ground or line voltage below 75 volts; OR: Broken ignitor; OR:Open ignitor circuit."
I checked the voltage and the ground. I'm not sure about the broken ignitor because it did ignite for 45 sec.

If this thing is over heating and popping the limit what would cause that? I checked the filters and fan motor. Both seemed OK.

Any clues?

ben's plumbing 01-26-2013 06:57 PM

if it has a/c coil could be clogged blocking air flow... setting off high limit..ben sr

wetbar 01-26-2013 09:06 PM

I'm not sure why I didn't think if that. thanks! Any clue why I would be getting that second error?

wetbar 01-28-2013 07:48 AM

What is considered the :Broken ignitor circuit"? Just the wires from the board to the ignitor?

wetbar 01-28-2013 11:29 AM

OK, I checked the coil and it looked good. (very clean) Now I am lost! Please help!
edit - I tried to check the gas pressure but the screw is stripped out and I could not remove it. would high gas pressure cause over heating?

JJboy 01-28-2013 12:27 PM

I think you found your problem.

wetbar 01-28-2013 12:29 PM

What you are thinking high gas pressure?
I didn't think this was the problem because the flame looks perfect. Would high gas make the flame more orange?

JJboy 01-28-2013 12:30 PM

High or low pressure does that. You really need to check the gas pressure.

subcool 01-28-2013 09:17 PM

sorry wrong post now I cant delete it

wetbar 01-28-2013 10:46 PM

Hey how hot should the flue get? this one is hot like 150 degrees hot.

beenthere 01-29-2013 04:43 AM


Originally Posted by wetbar (Post 1104643)
Hey how hot should the flue get? this one is hot like 150 degrees hot.

On a condensing furnace that is too hot. And can be caused by over firing, or not enough air flow.

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