No heat from fau

Discussion in 'HVAC Heating & Cooling' started by kd, Sep 20, 2007.

  1. kd

    kd New Member

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    Turn up the T stat on my fau and I get forced cold air--no heat. The electric glow plug works just fine, but of course after a minute, shuts itself off because there is no gas. I figure it is a broken gas valve or a broken solid state electronic box. How do you test a gas valve? It has two terminals. I have put 24 volts plus and minus to each terminal, I get small sparks, but no gas flow to the burners. Should I disconnect the hi temperature shut off for the test? The gas valve has an electromagnet in it that opens the gas valve when energized. Buit how do you test it? Of course I have lots of gas in the supply pipe.
     
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    Without knowing your furnace, there are things like the pressure switch on an exhause booster fan, proof-of-flame circuits, etc.

    Things like this are really a job for a properly skilled technician. You do not want to try to test or repair the gas control valve. Generally, there are probably multiple safety circuits involved, and you need a detailed wiring diagram of the unit to work on it. The wiring diagram may be on the inside of the cover.
     
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