Heater Ignition Problem

Old 10-20-02, 07:48 PM
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clicking noise when first starting

I have a 16 year old Magic Chef forced air natural gas furnace (with AC). When it first begins its cycle the furnace will click many many times. You can also hear the burner catch, but then go out only to catch again (2-3 times) before staying on to heat the house. Is this something I can fix or do I have to call a repairman ?

Thanks much !

Old 10-20-02, 08:04 PM
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Hello Carrie. Welcome to the Heating & Cooling forum & our Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

First item to check and easiest to fix is the flame sensor element. This part is a thin metal rod which is in direct flame contact. it has a wire attached to it.

If the element end is dirty, remove this part and clean it with fine grit sanding paper or steel wool. Do the same for the wire connection end and also to the surface the terminal ends connects to.

Chances are this will correct the problem.

For more detailed information etc. read the recent postings within this forum. The questions already asked describe like or similarly related problem descriptions as your question.

These prior postings and any or all the replies offered within them contain almost all the required information needed pertaining to the many potential and or possible problems with the heating unit like your describing.

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Read the manufacturers online web site for product information, problem possibilities, causes and solving methods, part locations, disassembly, reassembly methods, repair procedures and instructions, pictorials and schematics, all or part of which may be available online.

An excellent source for orginal replacement parts is your local retail appliance parts store, the local heating dealers and agents retail part stores. Bring the make, model and serial numbers.

The info will help to determine the possible problem causes. These businesses test and carry replacement parts. There Locations are listed in the phone book.

Read the RECENT postings within this forum on heater topics and the replies offered. Doing so will provide additional information.

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