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My furnace fan kicks on after reset (or if I force heat on

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My furnace fan kicks on after reset (or if I force heat on from thermostat) but heat never kicks in
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: HVAC
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
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Expert:  airheatman replied 9 months ago.

You should get an error code on control board in blower compartment indicating what has failed.Can you check and let me know pattern of flashing?

Expert:  airheatman replied 9 months ago.

Control board is mounted on blower housing.You may have a window to peep in to see light.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
3 red flashes
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
It is green flashes the Once the blower starts it is 3 red flashes
Expert:  airheatman replied 9 months ago.

OK this is telling us the pressure switch is not closing or staying closed.

This could be

caused by a number of problems: faulty inducer, blocked vent pipe, broken

pressure switch hose or faulty pressure switch.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
How do you recommend I determine which? The vent pipe looks in good condition and did not see any blockage from the outside. I also don't hear any clicking on start. And although it sounds like it's burning there is no heat or light from the furnace.
Expert:  airheatman replied 9 months ago.

1.If pressure switch is open, burners should not be on.

2.First lets make sure the small vent motor is coming on.

3.If so lets try this.

Next I want you to locate the pressure switch. It will be a small round canister with a hose attaching it to the inducer housing. Remove hose from inducer housing and leave it attached to the pressure switch. Power off and back on to reset board again, Then call for heat at thermostat. Allow inducer to start then suck on the end of hose still attached to pressure switch and see if switch will close and burners ignite.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I hear the small click, but I dont see any ignition.
Expert:  airheatman replied 9 months ago.

OK does igniter glow after you hear the click?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
No. I do not see anything glowing
Expert:  airheatman replied 9 months ago.

Look closely at igniter and see if there is a broken or burned spot.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Looks in good condition can send a picture if it helps
Expert:  airheatman replied 9 months ago.

When sucking on hose still attached to switch do you still get error code?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Expert:  airheatman replied 9 months ago.

D you have a meter to verify the switch contacts are closing?Either switch is bad or board is not reading it closed.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I do which contacts should I check.
Expert:  airheatman replied 9 months ago.

Check to see if the circuit has continuity between pins 10 and 7 on each side of the pressure switch. See below

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
The switch always seems open if if I try to close it by pulling air our
Expert:  airheatman replied 9 months ago.

Sentence did not complete. Please explain

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I put a resistance meter across the pressure switchs two terminals after removing the wires from the two terminals. Even when sucking air from the switch I could hear a click but did not see any change in resistance between the terminals.
Expert:  airheatman replied 9 months ago.

OK looks like pressure switch is the problem You will need to replace it.