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Furnace flame turning off and on off and on.

There is no heat in the house I turn the fan on ''ON'' and it is just cold air. the flame turns off and on off and on and there is a flashing red light ( it said the thermastate is asking for heat)

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Sounds like a bad thermocouple.  should be an easy fix.  Thermocouples are cheap and easily installed.  ask for details at any hardware store.

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