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I have an American Standard Freedom 90 COmfort R furnace and

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I have an American Standard Freedom 90 COmfort R furnace and this morning it started acting up. It's trying to start the blower motor, and it gets about half-way going and stops. The red light on the circuit board flashes 3 times, then it tries again. It's stuck in this continuous loop and it's starting to get pretty cold in the house, about 60 degrees last time I checked. I think it is -10 F outside.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: HVAC
Expert:  Tim H. replied 3 years ago.

Tim H :

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to help! Could this be a thermostat issue? What does the three flash code stand for? There should be a code legend inside the furnace somewhere.

Customer :

I don't know what the 3 flash code is. I took the cover off the furnace and didn't see any code legend. I'll look again.

Customer :

I believe the thermostat is working as it should

Tim H :

Yes, there should be one inside the lower door of the furnace. It may also be in the manual if you have it.

Customer :

OK, I think it says "pressure switch fault"

Tim H :

OK, that helps. So blower starts ramping up and then furnace shuts off?

Customer :

I don't have the manual

Customer :

yep

Tim H :

Try this. On the pressure switch there is a hose coming off it. Take the end off not attached to the pressure switch and suck and blow in and out a few times, then replace.

Customer :

What does the pressure switch look like?

Tim H :

Like this

Tim H :

Do it gently

Customer :

ok, I'll go look for that

Tim H :

OK

Customer :

is it possible there are two of them?

Customer :

the black rubber hoses coming off of both of them are connected with a T, and that goes up to what I think is the main gas valve. Sound right?

Tim H :

Yes, must be a 2 stage. Suck and blow them individually.

Tim H :

Be gentle about it as there's a diaphragm inside

Customer :

I did that, and I could hear each of them toggling when I did. Replaced the covers and it's still doing the same thing. I was gentle :)

Tim H :

Then most likely you have a bad pressure switch.

Tim H :

Now I'm basing that on the code you gave me and what it said on your furnace, remember, so make sure that's accurate.

Customer :

Yes, I think that is accurate. The code legend clearly says pressure switch fault, and it is definitely flashing the red LED 3 times

Tim H :

OK, then most likely the lo fire pressure switch is defective.

Customer :

so is a pressure switch failure common?

Tim H :

It's not common, but can happen

Customer :

the furnace appears to be about 5-6 years old

Tim H :

Yes, I've seen it happen, though. Try this: take one of the two leads off the pressure switch (one at a time) and see if furnace tries to start

Tim H :

I'm talking about the wiring leads

Tim H :

Don't worry about getting a shock--it's low voltage

Customer :

ok

Tim H :

I'll stand by

Customer :

I took one lead off of both switches at the same time and it did the same thing. I took one lead off of the top switch and it did the same thing. I'll try taking one lead off of the bottom switch

Tim H :

OK

Customer :

same thing happened

Tim H :

That's interesting. Well this may be more complicated then just a pressure switch. It may be a problem with the board. Normally switches should be open and as inducer comes up to speed they close. That's why I had you take one lead off-in case they were stuck closed. At this point, you may have to get an HVAC person involved as it gets more complicated trying to determine if it's the board or the switches.

Tim H :

I'm not one for replacing parts if they aren't bad.

Customer :

ok, we have a relative that is in hvac, so we'll call him. I have to take the kids to school now...thanks for your help. I'll leave the chat open, so if you want to hang on, I'll be back in about 15 minutes

Tim H :

I'm going to switch to Q and A mode, however but you can still post responses.

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Expert:  Tim H. replied 3 years ago.
Even though chat mode has ended, you can still post questions and responses.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

My local HVAC guy helped me figure out it was the air intake pipe was clogged with snow outside. Thanks for your help. -Greg

Expert:  Tim H. replied 3 years ago.
No problem.

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