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gulley 11-19-2010 08:53 AM

transformer and circuit brd in gas furnace
Payne 376C downflow model furnace... Units heats in response to thermostat commands but blower won't come on. If I bypass the circuit board with jumpers the blower works fine. HVAC guy came out and said board and transformer were fried due to power surge. Repair costs $500.

I wasn't home when he was here so I didn't get to ask: "If the transformer is fried why would the thermostat still make the heat come on?" Am I on the right track? I can get a replacement board for $75.

SKIP4661 11-19-2010 01:36 PM

I would suspect a bad blower relay on the circuit board. If the heat fires the transformer is good. Would be a little suspect of your serviceman as well.:yes::yes:

gulley 11-19-2010 03:56 PM

I took out the circuit board and noticed a bad solder on the back under what might be the relay. I'm going to try to re-solder it and see what happens. If that doesn't work I'll have to buy a non-refundable circuit board.

Darn right I'm suspicious of the serviceman, and it's a shame a guy has to be. I'd be grateful for any other advice/info anyone wants to post here. MANY thanks.

gulley 11-21-2010 12:24 PM

Here's how it played out in the end...

Went back in attic, removed circuit board and found a bad solder on a relay. Re-soldered it, reinstalled and Bob's your uncle, everything works just fine. Later I found the circuit board online for $75.

Advice here kept me from being ripped off for at least $500. Thanks to all.

Technow 11-21-2010 01:21 PM

That price he gave you is a fair price for a circuit board and transformer.
It costs a lot of money to put a $30,000.00 truck in your driveway (truck, tools,parts) with a trained technician, liability insurance, workers comp insurance, health insurance, just to name a scant few of the costs involved. The price he gave you is average for our area.

Transformer-He might have been pre-empting a future service call by replacing the tranformer if he suspected a power surge has weakened the tranformer-even though I personally would not have replaced it, if it was working

gulley 11-21-2010 11:48 PM

It's a fair price if the diagnosis is correct/truthful. If he thought the transformer was 'weakened' and might fail later he should have said so. He said circuit board and transformer were fried, kaput, non-functional. I have no problems paying my neighbors for good and honest service.

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