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My furnace ignites of minutes and then shuts off, i just

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my furnace ignites for couple of minutes and then shuts off
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: i just cleaned the flame sensor havent replaced it though and also when the furnace shuts off, i see 4 flashing lights and after 10 mins, the furnace switches on and then remain ignited for couple of minutes and then shuts off again and then I see 4 led blinking lights
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: HVAC
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
are you there
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

What is the brand and model number of your furnace? A phone call is an additional charge

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I believe it is goodman manufacturing
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

Ok, I still need the model number.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
let me go take a look
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the part number is *****
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

That's not a Goodman model number. But I have an idea what the problem probably is based on your description. A 4 flash error is an open limit circuit error which means the unit is shutting down because it's over heating. This can be due to a dirty filter or possibly a clogged AC coil if you have AC. Could also happen if the vents/registers in the house are blocked

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I replaced a new filter last night and also none of the vents and registers are blocked.
Also, will the burners ignite due to open limit error ?
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

Yes, you said the burners go out then come back on after 10 minutes (after the unit has cooled down and the limit closes). A 4 flash error is an open limit error. Do you have AC?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have AC, we havent turned on the AC since 6 months and it is winter here.
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

That doesn't matter. The air from your furnace flows through the AC coil even in heat mode. If you have a typical up flow furnace the AC coil is on top of the furnace.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Also , the burners remain stay on only for couple of minutes only. Also I saw low battery indicator in the thermostat. I replaced the batteries too.
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

I don't know how else to say it. A 4 flash error is an open limit error. The furnace will overheat if there isn't adequate airflow through the furnace. If the AC coil is clogged you won't have adequate air flow. The fact that it comes back on after it cools down confirms this as the problem.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
what are the things that I could try now
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

You need to check the AC coil to see if it's clogged

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
is the draft induced motor and blower fan two different things. when I set the heat to off and fan to ON on my thermostat , I dont hear any sound near the furnace.not fan or blower runs. But, when I set the Heat to ON, i hear noise from the Draft induced motor.
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

The draft inducer is the small fan on the front. It only creates the draft. If the main blower isn't running to circulate the heat through the house then that's the reason you're getting an open limit error. So you could have a bad blower motor or possibly a bad start capacitor for that motor

Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

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