||03-11-2014 07:29 PM
Ignitor Wire question on 2002 Armstrong Heater
I have an Armstron Heater/AC unit installed in 2002 ID S44275, Model PGE100B42D100A-3, Heat Pack Serial #1602J21397.
It first had an issue with the inducer fan coming loose from the housing. It was also rusted. I made a temporary repair to it and ordered the new fan and housing.
In Alabama they do not sell to anyone that is not a licensed contractor so I got he part out of state on the internet.
When I had the issue again the weather warmed up a day later and would be warm for a while so I performed the swap of the fan and housing. This included getting rid of all rust, applying heat/rust proof paint (up to 1200 degrees F) and creating an air proof/fireproof seal for the housing.
Once all of this was complete and the seal had time to set, I turned the heat on to find that the unit still would not ignite. I began to take each connection loose looking for rust starting with the ignitor wire since I could hear it click but is would not ignite. The connection on the mainboard side broke off when I attempted to remove it. I think this may be the entire issue.
It is a special wire, The only identifying mark says: "8MM Hi-Energy Silicone suppression" printed on the wire. It is about 32" long and one cannot simply skin the wire and install a new connector. There is no true wire and the end that did not break off has something like a rubber casing around the thread looking stuff that is where the wire would normally be ( see pictures: https://www.dropbox.com/sc/8401xky081zu3xz/jTIZOfg9gd).
As stated earlier in Alabama on must be a licensed contractor to get the wire locally. I can find no mention of the wire on the internet. I am thinking that one can't just replace this wire with a standard say stranded 14 gauge wire. If I can that would be nice to know but otherwise can anyone tell me what that wire is called and where I might be able to find it?