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Furnace shuts down intermittently when calling for heat

I have a thermo pride gas furnace that will shut down when the thermostat is calling for heat, it might run for a day fine, might only run half an hour. I reset the furnace and still have the same problems. I tried pushing in the pressure switch with a screw driver while its calling for heat, the inducer kicked on and it cycled fine, and its running now. What is stopping the sequence. Intermittently? Any ideas? thanks

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The flame sensor is not working properly, it is not allowing the ignitor to ignite, and this is making the system shut down, the flame sensor has obtain a build up of carbon, you will need to remove the flame sensor, and take a little piece of sand paper to remove the black carbon from the flame sensor stem, clean until the stem is shinning, replace the flame sensor and turn the furnance back on this will correct the problem.

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Also, if this doesn't work,watch for the ignitor to glow,waitt for gas valve to open, and hold a long-grill type lighter near the sensor. If the furnace ignites and stays running,sensor is bad.

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