Furnace Trouble Shooting - Pilot will not light

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Old 12-20-08, 12:13 PM
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Furnace Trouble Shooting - Pilot will not light

My old Nat. Gas Furnace - Gaffers & Sattler model AC125-5 - input BTU 100,000, Bonnet Cap btu 125,000, was going to be replaced but, that is delayed. Maybe I can fix it before I toss it. It has been off for a year. #1 problem - pilot will not light - no gas at the pilot when button is depressed. The supply line is good, it is plugged into AC power. Where do I start testing, cleaning and/or replacing parts?

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Old 12-20-08, 02:59 PM
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Are you sure all manual valves in the gas line before the furnace are open? Is the pilot supplied through a combination gas valve or is it from a separate pilotstat valve? A few pictures might help. To post pictures you need to first upload the pictures to a photo hosting site such as photobucket.com or villagephotos.com. and then post the public URLs for the pictures (or album) here. More pictures are always better than fewer. Please have CLEAR pictures and have both close up pictures and ones from a far enough distance that we can see how the various parts are interconnected.
 
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is it a standing pilot model?
 
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No photos yet. I removed, cleaned and reinstalled the pilot tube. The orifice was plugged. I now have a working pilot. It appears that the pilot flame is split, going in 2 directions. One goes directly out of the orifice, the other is 10 degrees to the right to heat the thermocouple. The flame is mostly blue.
 
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Sounds like you got it figured out!?
Do the burners light?
 
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Haven't tried the burners yet. I'm going to change the filters and clean the accumulated dust, rust, soot and old matches before trying the burners.
 
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Heating Help

Take apart the line going to the pilot at the gas valve, then depress the pilot plunger if gas comes out you know the pilot is plugged up.
 
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