SMALL - espritmodel.com SMALL - Telemetry SMALL - Radio
Reply
Thread Tools
Old Dec 31, 2002, 07:11 PM
Registered User
SchiessCo's Avatar
North Hills
Joined Nov 1999
6,073 Posts
Calling all home heating experts

Well, my furnace just up and quit on me. It didnít go up in a spectacular puff of smoke or anything like that, it just wonít cycle on. Usually when you turn the thermostat on, you can hear the igniter click 5 or 6 times, and the furnace lights off Ė but the igniter is not firing. The system is getting power Ė the A/C and fan still work, and when I turn it on, I can hear a relay (I assume) doing something. I replaced the spark igniter unit to no avail.

I know itís hard to feel bad for a Californian with a heater on the fritz, but itís been getting into the high 30s at night and my dogs are looking a little bummed .

Any thoughts before I blow my Hacker fund on a professional? Itís a Carrier, Series 301, Model 586S0785-3, natural gas with an intermittent spark igniter.

Thanks, Pete
SchiessCo is offline Find More Posts by SchiessCo
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 31, 2002, 08:33 PM
**********
jbc455's Avatar
San Jose, California
Joined Jan 2002
1,199 Posts
You might try making a couple phone calls to see if a pro can give you some suggestions.

I'm not saying to take advantage of them, but let them know you'd like to try fixing it yourself, and will not hold them to their advice if it turns out to be incorrect. It worked for me with my freezer.

Also, you might try only having the pro do a diagnosis, and telling you what needs fixing. That should be a bit cheaper.

Hey, if you can live without your heater... here's your chance to save big money on your gas bill! Maybe get by with a portable, drive the electric bill up.

Good luck.
jbc455 is offline Find More Posts by jbc455
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 31, 2002, 08:57 PM
Profiled Interfraction
William A's Avatar
Tacoma,WA USA
Joined Jun 2001
3,958 Posts
Fok, is there a site glass or something that allows you to see the 'sparker/ignitor' ?

Does said ignitor ignite a pilot flame or main burner ?

Does the burn chamber fan come on ? (small fan)
William A is offline Find More Posts by William A
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 31, 2002, 10:17 PM
Go get them Meg!
lrsudog's Avatar
Cabin 21...
Joined Jan 2001
2,118 Posts
Heaters are extremelt simple machines. I bet that if you call a licensed Carrier service company and tell them what's happening, they will be able to diagnose what's wrong right away.
lrsudog is offline Find More Posts by lrsudog
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 01, 2003, 12:13 AM
Suspended Account
Gman2's Avatar
land of permaban
Joined Jul 2001
181 Posts
probably the thermocouple
Gman2 is offline Find More Posts by Gman2
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 01, 2003, 07:05 AM
RIP Ric
Andy W's Avatar
Marietta, GA
Joined Jun 1999
43,312 Posts
Call (or better yet visit) the local appliance parts warehouse that sells retail. Take all the model numbers and such with you, and describe the problem in detail. Ask them if they know which part is likely to need replacing and buy it. The part will cost you a few $$ and you'll probably do OK.

My main-level furnace blower lost it's bearings at 4:10pm on what was to be the coldest night of the year that evening. Call to the 'best' HVAC contractor in town revealed "we don't carry parts, that could take 3-4 days to order"!!! Took 15 minutes to rip it apart, 15 to get to the store (in rush hour!), 15 to extract the motor from the blower assembly on their counter, locate the idendical part, pay, and get scooted out the door as they locked it behind me at 5:00pm! By 6, I had it running again with the new motor - even cleaned the air filter while I was at it!

Cost? $100 for the motor.
Cost for a service call? Who knows, but it's about $100 for the guy to show up and step out of his van!
..a
Andy W is offline Find More Posts by Andy W
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 01, 2003, 09:13 AM
Profiled Interfraction
William A's Avatar
Tacoma,WA USA
Joined Jun 2001
3,958 Posts
Quote:
Originally posted by Andy W
but it's about $100 for the guy to show up and step out of his van!
$95.00 an Hr., 2 Hr. minimum charge plus travel time. (or at least it was when I worked for Carrier, probably more by now)
William A is offline Find More Posts by William A
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 01, 2003, 12:34 PM
Registered User
SchiessCo's Avatar
North Hills
Joined Nov 1999
6,073 Posts
William A Ė

The igniter is right out in the open, above the three burner units. I donít know if it has a separate burn chamber fan, but if it does, thatís not turning on. Iíll check it out and if thatís not it, I have a HVAC guy I can call at work tomorrow.

Thanks guys.

Pete
SchiessCo is offline Find More Posts by SchiessCo
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 01, 2003, 02:08 PM
Profiled Interfraction
William A's Avatar
Tacoma,WA USA
Joined Jun 2001
3,958 Posts
Quote:
The igniter is right out in the open
Huh ?



For most of the burners out there, start-up sequence goes something like this.

Room thermostat closes, calling for heat.
If all the safety switches are ok, the burn chamber/exhaust vent fan comes on.
If air/sail switch signals an air flow, ignitor will glow/spark. (depending on model)
Main burner should now ignite and if flame sensor works, it will send signal to keep main burner on till room temp is met.
(main blower comes on when heat exchanger temp reaches 'X' amount)

This is a basic start-up sequence, some models differ slightly.

I haven't touched a burner in years (strictly refrigeration now), but once you get past the basics, the rest is gold trinkets.

If anybody interested, I've still got a copy of an old dos gas burner simulator program.
It's not a very big program, fits on a floppy and runs from the floppy, so you don't have to load anything.

It's kinda neat, still pull it out once in a while to play with it.
You can run it with no faults, or run it with a built in fault and try to 'fix' it.

If you all would like a copy, I could zip the floppy contents and stick the file on my web space to share.
William A is offline Find More Posts by William A
Last edited by William A; Jan 01, 2003 at 02:10 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 01, 2003, 03:16 PM
Profiled Interfraction
William A's Avatar
Tacoma,WA USA
Joined Jun 2001
3,958 Posts
Here's a snap shot of the program.
William A is offline Find More Posts by William A
Last edited by William A; Mar 03, 2014 at 03:27 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 01, 2003, 04:17 PM
Profiled Interfraction
William A's Avatar
Tacoma,WA USA
Joined Jun 2001
3,958 Posts
Here's the program,

Download file
Unzip to blank floppy,
Run file on floppy called
Once the program starts, it's keyboard only.

Need any help running it, drop me a line.
(also have one on 'heat pumps')

((File removed from web space during clean-up, if you want a copy of either, drop me a PM))

Edit; 09/17/08, sorry, program no longer available.
William A is offline Find More Posts by William A
Last edited by William A; Sep 17, 2008 at 08:58 PM.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Calling all foam cutting experts!!!!! crash test dummy Foamies (Kits) 5 May 23, 2005 03:06 PM
Calling all Partenavia Experts ivorz Electric Plane Talk 8 Jan 06, 2003 10:42 AM
Calling all motor experts Neil Morse Parkflyers 15 Jun 21, 2001 08:44 PM
Calling all SUPERNOVA experts CheapDad Power Systems 14 Jun 12, 2001 04:14 PM