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I replaced the transformer and the thermostat and the gas valve still doesn't open.

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Not knowing what make or model of equipment, I can only offer some basics. We are going to have to start the troubleshooting at the thermostat. Take the two wires at the thermostat and jump them together, If nothing; take off the thermostat wires at the transformer and jump the terminals R and W together. If nothing, you will need a test light or multimeter to see if you have voltage out of the transformer. You can test if you have a bad gas valve by applying 24 volts to the gas valve directly. Make sure you have a pilot going so it will burn off the gas if the valve opens. If the gas valve opens and you get ignition, check the wiring for any bad wires or wires on wrong terminals. If there is a pressure switch, jump that out once the inducer motor starts running (if you have one). Re-post with make and model and we can narrow down some other diagnostics for you. I am going to assume you have no blockage in the gas line or are out of gas. OK?

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