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There is a white\or silver flame sensor in the middle of the furnace it hangs down into where the gas goes out of the tubes,clean it with a piece of sand cloth try not to touch it with your fingers after the oil in your skin can "fool" it if it still doesnt work replace the sensor that should take care of your problem a new sensor should run 20 to30 dollars

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