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Furnace clicks many times before igniting

My mother turns her furnace down at night, so it has time to really cool down. when she gets up in the morning she turns up the thermostat to about 70 but the furnace has a hard time getting started again, it clicks for about a minute sometimes igniting a flame sometimes not at all (at least an hour) but eventually it will ignite, then it will work ok as long as the furnace is warm. The furnace is a Goodman unsure of model # but it is a downdraft heats about 1800 sq ft

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Sounds like it could use a new spark ignitor with new pilot assy. will probably die completely soon

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