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Everything is operating fine but the furnace wont fire. you can hear the gas kick in for like 3 seconds and kick back off when it doesn't ignite. then after about 5 tries it shuts down and the red light on the control board in-side blinks 4 times.

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  • kaklf Nov 08, 2008

    We are calling someone right now to come fix it. Thank you very much, very helpful.

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COULD POSSIBLY BE A BAD IGNIGHTER.I DON'T KNOW THIS SYTEM BUT THE SAFTY PROTOCALS ARE WORKING.THE THERMOCOUPLE(IT DETECTS HEAT)IS TELLING THE BOARD IT HAS NO IGNITION,THEREFORE KEEPING YOU FROM BLOWING YOUR HOUSE UP.IF IGNITION HAS'NT HAPPENED WITHIN A FEW SECONDS IT SHUTS THE GAS OFF.IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR DOING DON'T MESS WITH IT,.IF YOU GET INTO THE WRONG THING YOU WILL ALLOW NATURAL GAS OR PROPANE TO LEAK INTO YOUR HOME(THIS IS A BAD THING)THE COTROL BOARD BLINKING IS A TROUBLE CODE.USE YOUR OWN JUDGEMENT.IF YOU NEED FURTHER HELP CONTACT ME.THE IGNIGHTER IS EASY TO CHANGE.ENOUGH SAID!!!!!

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