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New install GUH 92A burner shuts off before temp. setting is reached Gas valve shuts off then back on

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Have you cleaned the flame sensor? don

Posted on Dec 23, 2016

Testimonial: "flame, rollout,air in out filter all good"

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  • don-ohio Dec 24, 2016

    This can also be a bad limit switch,cutting off and then resetting. Make sure your air filter is not dirty or restricted in the return air plenum.This will cause too hot air and trip the limit. don-ohio

  • don-ohio Jan 10, 2017

    Check gas pressure to gas valve. May be too high. don-ohio

  • Duane Hughes
    Duane Hughes Jan 11, 2017

    turned out to be breaker at load Center

  • don-ohio Jan 11, 2017

    Thanks for posting back on the solution,Duane! don (:^)

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