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GE furnace pilot won't ignite

I have a GE Ambassador Mark 2 furnace from the 80's with an electronic ignition system to light pilot. There is visible spark, but pilot won't light. what can I try before calling service?

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Check for 24 volts at the pilot valve on the gas valve, if there is voltage, take an amp reading, if you get amperage it's trying to work, see if pilot orifice is obstructed by webs etc. very common to see this.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012

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  • Ron Manes Dec 01, 2012

    Excellent advice! I cleaned the orifice with a dental tool and it works great. Thanks!

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try cleaning the pilot oriffice it sounds like the flame is weak

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Sounds like you may need a new electronic control module. This is a rectangular shaped plastic box that has wires coming out of it. This is what tells the pilot to light on these older furnaces.

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unless you are well trained in troubleshooting you need a pro .carrier furnastys are overly complex you should call carrier dealer if you want the shortest route to a workin system

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Look around the burners. Look for a little round cylinder with some wires attached and a small knob that you push in to reset. There will be more than 1 of these. You should also try to figure out why it is tripping.

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Sometimes the thermostat wire (not sure of the technical name) gets oxidized and can't sense the heat (it's there as a safety measure so that when the pilot light goes out, the gas shuts off). If it isn't to hard to get to, sometimes you can use some aluminum foil to clean the wire so that it senses the heat of the pilot light flame. Make sure the main unit is off, and let the unit sit for awhile to make sure there is no residual gas hanging around. If this doesn't work, you might have to get a specialist out to replace that piece. Hope this helps.

Posted on Feb 17, 2011

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