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Old 11-25-2009, 03:51 PM   #1
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Hydroflame furnace cycles

Just what I need before Thanksgiving. Just set up on battery -- heater came on when kill switch turned on -- blower started, then furnace lit and ran about 10 seconds, then quit. Did it again a minute later, ran for 7 seconds, then quit. Once more -- blower going all the time. Then just blower going -- no more ignitions. Propane tanks full, battery strong -- what can I do?

(Besides tuck in with a couple of sleeping bags tonight.) Thanks
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:38 PM   #2
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First off – welcome!

I don’t know Hydroflame furnaces specifically, but here’s a few things to check. Start by giving it a good cleaning. Lots of times, spiders build nests in propane appliances, and they can cause all sorts of odd behavior. Check the burner flame – it the burner completely lit? Is it a good gas flame – not overly yellow? Also check to ensure the flame sensor is actually in the flame when the burner is on. If all of that checks out ok, then you probably have a bad sensor, or a bad connection from the sensor to the circuit board, or a bad circuit board.

The blower running all the time like you explained is actually normal. Once the thermostat calls for heat, the blower will turn on. Then the burner kicks in. When the set temp is reached, the thermostat stops calling for heat (opens the circuit). The burner shuts down, and then once everything cools off enough, the blower will stop.

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Thanks for the feedback -- I guess it must be a sensor. It lights fine but shuts the heat off after 7-10 seconds. Does it three times and then does nothing, with blower continuing.

The gas stove works fine and the flame color is normal so there's propane flowing. However, the refrigerator refuses to work on gas -- does not kick in. Very frustrating.
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Does the fridge try to light? Do you clicking sounds when it’s trying to light on gas, but then no flame? If yes, then you probably have the same problem on the fridge burner we’ve had a few times over the years. Spiders have probably nested and clogged the burner completely. And since the fridge burner is accessible from outside, spiders have easier access to it. A good cleaning is the first step.

Happy Thanksgiving! (pretend its a turkey)
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