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furnace will not ignite Rheem model number RCDA-075A-AR


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#1 Hozer

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 07:20 AM

When I turn the thermostat up with the fan on auto I get nothing. The blower comes on when I turn the fan to on, the AC works (compressor comes on) on cool when the fan is on auto, but I get nothing on heat setting. I pulled the thermostat off an jumper-ed the red and white wires and get nothing. It is an older furnace that has a pilot light and it is lit. I blew out all of the orifices with compressed air, turned the gas valve off and then back on and re-lit the pilot light but get no noise or anything when I turn the thermostat on heat and the temperature up. Any guesses? what should I try next?

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 09:50 AM

The "Thermalcouple" which sits in the piolt generates minivoltage which energizes the solenoid on the gas valve allowing it to open. Change the thermalcouple (looks like a copper bulb with a tube going to the gas valve. :)
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Posted 14 October 2011 - 11:40 AM

A bad Thermalcouple was my first thought but the local appliance center said if the pilot lite is lit and working it should be fine. Please advise

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 06:31 PM

Check the voltage to the gas valve.
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