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Furnace staying stuck in pre-ignition

pittscop105
pittscop105 Member Posts: 2
I have an HB Smith gas furnace. Recently the furnace becomes hung up in pre-ignition and just the hot surface ignition glows bright orange but does not ignite the furnace so it just continues to run until I turn off the furnace switch and turn it back on. The furnace will then run fine but then gets hung up again the next time there is call for heat or to run the hot water tank. This used to only happen once in awhile but now is happening more frequently on a daily basis. Any suggestions?

Comments

  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 5,187
    Well it is a safety device, best to leave the troubleshooting to a competent tech.
    steve
  • JohnNY
    JohnNY Member Posts: 2,716
    Check your air pressure switch and its hose connections for blockages.
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  • pittscop105
    pittscop105 Member Posts: 2
    I have no intentions of trying to repair this myself (Ha ha), I've had my HVAC guy there a couple of times and am looking for other ideas to give him to find a solution. I appreciate the two comments thus far.
  • JUGHNE
    JUGHNE Member Posts: 8,682
    In most of the systems I have worked on, they will not go to ignition at all if the air switches are not satisfied.
    The next step after ignitor glowing would be gas pilot or main burner on. No fire or no gas... the ignitor would still shut off and retry and eventually lock out.

    All of this is controlled by the board which is the brains for the sequence of operation. That would be my first guess.
    If the gas valve is getting 24 volts and not opening then that would be the 2nd item. IMO

    Please let us know the outcome.
    ratio
  • SuperTech
    SuperTech Member Posts: 1,670
    I would bet it's either a problem with the ignition module or the gas valve itself. If you are getting 24 volts to the gas valve after the igniter glows and no ignition then it's likely a bad gas valve. If the the igniter glows and no voltage to the valve then I would replace the ignition module.
  • HVACNUT
    HVACNUT Member Posts: 4,084
    Your calling it a furnace but say it hangs up to run the heat or water tank which would indicate a boiler.
    Can you post a pic of the "appliance" and the wiring diagram?
    Sometimes the HSI will energize depending on model, regardless. Its isolated from the 24v burner circuit and is doing what its told to do on a heat demand. If theres gas there, terrific. If not, that's why theres a flame rectifier.
    realliveplumber
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 9,681
    Most time the air switch will not allow ignition but it is a possibility. Most likely the control board or the gas valve
    SuperTech
  • mikeg2015
    mikeg2015 Member Posts: 1,183
    HVACNUT said:

    Your calling it a furnace but say it hangs up to run the heat or water tank which would indicate a boiler.

    Can you post a pic of the "appliance" and the wiring diagram?

    Sometimes the HSI will energize depending on model, regardless. Its isolated from the 24v burner circuit and is doing what its told to do on a heat demand. If theres gas there, terrific. If not, that's why theres a flame rectifier.

    A lot of folks call boilers “furnaces”. It’s confusion. I think I’v seen boilers call water heaters too. I dont think HB smith ever made a hot air furnace, so it’s a boiler.

    We have one of our customers with a “flakey” ignition. It’s either a bad gas valve or a bad control board. If you get 24VAC to the valve, then it’s the board. IF not, probably the board. This is assuming you are getting a pilot. If not, check 24VAC to the pilot.

  • rick in Alaska
    rick in Alaska Member Posts: 1,222
    You might also check to see if the condensate is backing up, assuming it is a high efficiency furnace. That can also stop it from firing as it will stop the pressure switches from opening up the gas valve.
    Rick
  • Tim McElwain
    Tim McElwain Member Posts: 4,477
    What are the make and model numbers of the controls on the boiler? Once I know that I can tell you were to start.
  • John Mills_5
    John Mills_5 Member Posts: 935
    Smith used HSIs on atmospheric boilers too. I'd say control.