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Hey, Whirlpool furnace in attic no ignition after induced fan on a few seconds, sonds like the induced fan is working weaker than my other furnace in basement. Is it possible if something such as leaves fallen into the vent pipe and block the vent way? Thanks.

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Sounds like you have a problem with your pressure switch. Make sure the tubing which runs between the inducer fan housing and the pressure switch is no clogged. Remove, clear, (blow through tube) and put back in place. Then restart the system. If problem persists call a licsenced HVAC technician and have him/her confirm that the inducer fan is operating properly.

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