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No/intermittent power to pressure switch

I've tested the system and currently have no power at the pressure switch. Before I got to this point I found a crack in the hose causing the switch to not operate properly. Fixed the hose, furnace ran fine for about 30 min, now I have no power to the ignition controls and have snaked it back up to the pressure switch which is now not getting power. This takes me up into the relay which I've never messed with. What next?

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I would check the relay to be certain that it's getting power. That pressure switch is only controlled by the relay controlled by the thermostat.

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