Automatic ignitor installation


Old 04-05-18, 09:21 AM
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Automatic ignitor installation

Would it be possible to retrofit a modern ignitor to an older always-on-pilot-light system? I have in mind my gas furnace in the attic.
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Old 04-05-18, 11:54 AM
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It is possible with most any furnace but it is a little costly. Sometimes when the furnace gets to a certain age it's more beneficial to replace it rather than retrofitting it.

It's not a DIY job as it requires gas valve replacement. You'd need to get a tech in to evaluate the furnace condition and see if it can be done.
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The Robert Shaw company and White Rodgers company make a kit that will do exactly what you are asking about. You can buy them for 24 volts or 120 volts. In the presence of flame the spark is off and as soon as the pilot blows out this device will instantly relight the pilot. This device does not replace the safety device on any pilot and is only to relight the pilot. Some model numbers are 785-001 for the Robert-Shaw and 5059-23 for the White Rodgers. Depending on the codes in your area you may need a licensed tech to install them.
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Thanks for replies. Now I know what I'm dealing with.

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