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all4naught 12-26-2008 07:59 PM

Rheem Criterion lights, but only runs for 30 seconds max...
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Rheem Criterion blower starts up, runs for about 30 seconds until the HSI starts to glow, it ignites and all is fine for about 30 - 50 seconds. Then, it all shuts down with the exception of the blower.

Now, we had the heat exchange replaced last year b/c it was cracked, and while looking at the pressure switch I noticed something. Where they connected the new HX to the exhaust pipe there is a slight gap at the bottom where the "thermal tape" doesn't quite meet up. It seems to be about one inch long and about an 1/8 -1/16 inch wide.

Would that gap cause the pressure switch problem?

Here is a picture...sorry about the blurriness, but you can hopefully still see the gap.

Thanks all-

Wethead 12-26-2008 08:00 PM

It's time to Hire a Professional. This is not something you want to do yourself,

yuri 12-26-2008 08:36 PM

That is on the downstream of the fan and should be sealed properly so no flue gases enter the house. Won't cause your problem. Rheems have had quite a few pressure switch failure problems on some of the mid efficiency units. You may want to get a pro to check it.

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