Author Topic: Gas furnace runs one cycle, then won't start up again!!  (Read 8397 times)

Offline alexchaumont

  • VIP Member
  • Member Since: Mar 2010
  • Posts: 1
Gas furnace runs one cycle, then won't start up again!!
« on: March 22, 2010, 09:20:29 AM »
My gas furnace will come on and run normally and heat to whatever temp my thermostat is set at. It will then cycle off as normal. Whenever it starts up again that's when the trouble starts. The furnace begins to go through all of its "pre-cycle" steps it normally goes through:
1. Exhaust fan kicks on and runs for 10-15 secs
2. Pilot light kicks on and glows for another 10 secs (pilot light is element, not gas burning)
3. Gas kicks on and I can see all 3 burners light up - these will burn for another 10 secs or so before the blower fan kicks on.
(I'll break up step 4 to what NORMALLY happens during cycle 1 vs what happens for all subsequent cyles)
4. NORMAL - blower fan kicks on, pilot light turns off, burners stay on, furnace works normally.
4. WHAT HAPPENS NOW - blower fan kicks on, burners turn OFF immediately, and fan blows air for a few minutes until system turns itself off.

At this point I can see the circuit board inside the unit and there are 2 LED lights that blink during normal operation: RED light is on always, and there is a YELLOW light that blinks on and off during normal cycle start-up, and then stays on during normal operation.

However now after the furnace tries a few times to start itself back up (remember the thermostat is still sending signals to the furnace to light up) it will eventually shut down altogether and the RED light will blink 4 times in a row, over and over again as if it were sending an error message.

I do not have the manual to this furnace so I do not know what those 4 RED-light-blinks mean.

There is a power switch located outside the furnace that I have to switch OFF and then back ON to clear this error message (Red light now stays on as if in standby mode). I can then turn the thermostat back on and the furnace will run normally for ONE CYCLE ONLY. After that, well, read above!

Is the systerm over-heating?? If it were then why does it operate normally after I manually flip the power switch and it works fine for one cycle? Does this sound like something electrical? Are the burners being turned off because of some safety feature?

Ideas??

Frigidaire FG6RA 072C-16B

Offline JWWebster

  • Technician
  • Member Since: Jan 2008
  • Posts: 8780
  • Country: us
  • SublimeMasterJW
    • Buy me a beer through paypal
    • JW's Sublime Appliance Advice
Re: Gas furnace runs one cycle, then won't start up again!!
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2010, 12:28:17 PM »
You might have a contaminated flame sensing probe as seen in this video I found on the web:
May the hinges of our friendship
        never grow rusty.

About the icons: The beer is tip link, if a tech saves ya some money buy em a 6 pack. The small green square=personal message. The green dot is a link to my web page on appliance repair and other general BS I love to post. The letter sends me email.
I love fan letters! LOL

Offline Earl Dryer

  • Technician
  • Member Since: May 2008
  • Posts: 166
  • Country: us
Re: Gas furnace runs one cycle, then won't start up again!!
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2010, 09:35:45 PM »
Look on the inside off the blower door there should be a wiring diagram also is a list of error codes. What 4 means.

Offline RegUS_PatOff

  • Technician
  • Member Since: Dec 2007
  • Posts: 1410
  • Country: us
Re: Gas furnace runs one cycle, then won't start up again!!
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2010, 08:05:25 AM »
here's some info  :coffee:

Installation, Setup, and Status Lights
http://www.nordyne.com/Literature/708291b.pdf

Service Manual
http://www.transtaracsupply.com/pdf/g6_service.pdf
« Last Edit: March 25, 2010, 08:08:26 AM by RegUS_PatOff »
After leaving this Earth, "Do you want the smoking or non-smoking section?"

 

Questions about furnace start up sequence

Started by videobruce

Replies: 6
Views: 925
Last post February 18, 2013, 08:59:06 AM
by videobruce
Furnace blower turns off and on 3 times at the end of the heating cycle

Started by Michael Joyce

Replies: 2
Views: 209
Last post February 07, 2014, 04:18:43 PM
by Michael Joyce
Airtemp furnace

Started by maypo52

Replies: 9
Views: 7762
Last post March 05, 2008, 02:36:32 PM
by JWWebster
whirpool furnace fs643-125cr

Started by ddh

Replies: 2
Views: 2423
Last post July 04, 2008, 09:44:24 AM
by ddh
Rheem Furnace needs a new Thermo Coupler

Started by rezman6

Replies: 3
Views: 5819
Last post October 31, 2008, 08:07:56 AM
by Icehouse
Furnace fan keeps running after normal shutoff by thermostat.

Started by hleebeard@sbcglo

Replies: 1
Views: 5745
Last post January 10, 2009, 09:00:48 PM
by JWWebster