GE Furnace Pilot will not stay lit


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GE Furnace Pilot will not stay lit

My pilot on my furnace will not stay lit. Where do I start?
 
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Old 12-07-09, 09:25 PM
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Pictures can be posted on this site using Image hosting, free photo sharing & video sharing at Photobucket post some pics of your 24 volt (or millivolt) gas valve and the pilot area.

Post the model number of your furnace.

Then wait on Seattle to help you.
 
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[QUOTE=Houston204;

Post the model number of your furnace.

Then wait on Seattle to help you.[/QUOTE]



Are you taking the day off, Houston?


Busy out there?
 
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Originally Posted by jdanko
My pilot on my furnace will not stay lit. Where do I start?

You have a GE furnace with a pilot light that stays lit all the time?

I'm thinking those were probably built in the late 1950s. The ones I recall had separate electric gas valve, shut off valve and furnace pressure regulator and a separate pilot safety valve I think. Or that may all have been replaced with a modern gas valve that includes all of that in one compact part.

The pilot light wont stay lit at all when you try to light it? What does the pilot flame look like? It should look like a small blowtorch. If it yellow tipped or a lazy flame that is easily blown around like a candle flame the pilot burner needs to be cleaned and the pilot orifice cleaned or replaced.

That's probably the most likely problem.

A bad thermocouple or worn out pilot safety are also possibilities.
 
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GE has been Trane for 30 years. I doubt that I could be much help on this one.
 
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Old 12-08-09, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by SeattlePioneer
You have a GE furnace with a pilot light that stays lit all the time?

I'm thinking those were probably built in the late 1950s. The ones I recall had separate electric gas valve, shut off valve and furnace pressure regulator and a separate pilot safety valve I think. Or that may all have been replaced with a modern gas valve that includes all of that in one compact part.

The pilot light wont stay lit at all when you try to light it? What does the pilot flame look like? It should look like a small blowtorch. If it yellow tipped or a lazy flame that is easily blown around like a candle flame the pilot burner needs to be cleaned and the pilot orifice cleaned or replaced.

That's probably the most likely problem.

A bad thermocouple or worn out pilot safety are also possibilities.
Not sure if you are thinking of the same one I am? The model I recall that had a tcouple safety, had a combination
valve that was huge. Had the red safety lever on the side and to test tcouple you had to remove pilot tube to install adapter.
Sound familar??

OOpps, after rereading your post S/P i see we are talking about different valves.
 

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