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Ignitor keeps sparking

I have a Model # S25 SunPak heater and calls for heat it sparks and lites burner but ignitor keeps sparking and then goes into lockout mode.
Would that be the ignitor or the box

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Ignitor works , so it's not broken. It's probably a flame sensor. It may be broken or what happens frequently , it moved out of place. Other cause might be a low gas pressure. Even if it starts, the flame dies soon and after few repeats it goes into lockout. I do not beleive your 'box' is broken either

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