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Jefferson 12-27-2012 11:12 AM

Trane XE90 Furnace Fails to Ignite
 
I have a Trane XE90 natural gas furnace. When heat is called for, the Power Vent Fan starts, the ignitor goes on and turns orange, I hear a click calling for the gas, but the furnace does not light. After the furnace fails to ignite, the unit continues to operate as though it had ignited and blows cold air throughout the house. However, if I gently blow toward the ignitor after it turns orange, the furnace lights up and warm air is forced through the system.

I attempted to troubleshoot the problem by performing the following steps. First, I removed the front metal panels and cleaned the inside of the furnace to remove any dust and other collected particles in the unit. Next, I replaced the air filter with a brand new filter. This failed to solve the issue. Next, I replaced the ignitor, but the unit still failed to ignite without the gentle blowing. I then checked the tubing going to the pressure switch and the entire exhaust line for obstructions. I was unable to find any obstructions in either line. Finally, I reset the entire unit following the instructions listed on the furnace panel. This too failed to solve the issue.

I do not want to run to my basement and blow through the grate in the furnace panel every time my thermostat calls for heat. Can you please help me resolve this issue.

kok328 12-27-2012 04:43 PM

Not sure where you obtained a new ignitor, Trane parts are highly guarded and universal parts sometimes are not the best.
However, it does sound like you need to clean or replace the flame sensor. If the ignitor ohm'd out over 100 then it was bad otherwise your just guessing and that can get expensive.

Jefferson 12-28-2012 08:23 AM

I replaced the ignitor with an original Trane replacement. I cleaned the flame sensor and still no luck. Any other ideas?

kok328 12-28-2012 05:39 PM

replace the flame sensor with OEM. Make sure it is in the path of the flame.

Jefferson 01-01-2013 09:59 AM

I replaced the flame sensor and this did not work. Then I replaced the gas valve and this did not work either. The only part left is the board. I will try that today. This is frustrating.

Wuzzat? 01-01-2013 11:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jefferson (Post 81424)
if I gently blow toward the ignitor after it turns orange, the furnace lights up and warm air is forced through the system.

At least one problem sounds like the ignitor is not in the way of the incoming gas. I guess you could use a narrow strip of tin foil hanging vertically to make the path of the gas visible.

The money you have spent is a 'sunk cost'. Try to avoid letting this spent money influence your future decisions about how to proceed with this furnace.


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