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The burner on the furnace stays on for about 5 seconds then turns off. Then it lites up again for 5 seconds then turns off again. It keeps doing this cycle for around 3 minutes the the heater just tur

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Check out the flame sensor. If it is not sensing the flame being on it will shut the gas down as a safety.

Posted on Jan 12, 2013

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A Make and Model number of the furnace not the thermostat will help but I can walk you thru the operation of a typical furnace. It sounds to me that the burners are igniting properly but the flame sensor is not sensing the flame and shutting down the system. You will need to find the sensor and clean it and check the wire from it to the control board. Typically, the flame sensor is found at one side or the other of the burner box. It is a small probe that the flame hits. Depending upon your model it may have a small wire attached to it leading back to the control. Or it may be part of your auto-pilot assembly. ? At any rate, you will need to get to it and very delicately brush it off. Then inspect the flame channel. This is a trough area where the flame travels to ignite all burners. Over time, they tend to fill with rust and debris. Take a small screwdriver and run the blade down the trough. Inspect the wire that goes from the flame sensor to the control board. Make sure it is not frayed or broken or shorting out and that the connection at the board is good.

Beyond that, it's time for a technician to come.

Let us know the Make and Model of the furnace (found inside the furnace cabinet) and maybe we can help you further.

Posted on Nov 20, 2007

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SOURCE: gas furnace wont stay lite

I'm a little confused by your terminology. You are saying you have a pilot lite and electric heat strips? Are you possibly meaning burners? Is the heater running for 2 hours straight without shutting off? how cold is it there? Lastly what temperature do you have the thermostat set at and how close does it get to the temp. before it shuts off?

Posted on Dec 20, 2007

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SOURCE: The furnace burners won't stay lit

Could be a couple things. First and easiest is to check your intake combustion air supply. If it is blocked by anything or just not enough flow, it will put out the flame. Next would be the flame sensor, usually a temperature probe near the flame front. If it's not reading an increase in temp within a pre-programmed time, it will kill the flame. It can be checked with a multimeter.

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 25, 2008

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SOURCE: Rheem gas furnace pilot lights, but no burners or fan

If the burners do not fully ignite, the sensor will shut the furnace down. The lack of sufficient burner flame is a gas valve or gas pressure problem within the valve.
Replacing the gas valve with the original one may get you going. I surely suggest a professional service company for safety reasons and a thorough inspection. A 20 year old furnace is past it's normal life span.

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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SOURCE: Furnace fires for 10 seconds then cuts off

have the thermocoupler checked

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

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