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steph_beer_me@yahoo.com

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posted on 4/15/2007

I'm having an intermittent problem with my 7 year old Rheem electric (forced air) furnace.  About 2-3 random times a week the furnace will fail to turn on despite the room temperature being below the thermostat set value.  To get it to function normally, I turn the furnace off (at the thermostat), wait a few seconds, and turn it back on.  The furnace will then return to normal function from anywhere from 12 to 72 hours, then it'll happen again. 

Other interesting notes.  When the furnace is 'malfunctioning' I have seen  the heating coils on, but not the fan (this obviously should never happen).  My immediate thought was that the blower motor was going bad.  The problem with this theory is that the blower always comes on when I turn the fan on at the thermostat.  So it appears to me that the thermostat is either not sending the command to turn the blower on (but is telling it to turn the heating elements) or that the furnace is unable to always get the motor going.  The thermostat is digital (White-Rodgers) so it seems unlikely that it would work intermittently. 

Oh and I did replace the motor start capacitor because it was cheap and easy.  It didn't help.  Also, there is no humidifier on this furnace.

I am stumped.  Anyone have a clue here?


 
 
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tammyngabe1@att.net

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45 post(s)
replied on 4/17/2007

is there some kind of relay that is suppose to heat up and then turn on the fan. follow the wires from the fan and see what supplies power to fan  let me know if this helps


steph_beer_me@yahoo.com

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replied on 4/19/2007

Yes there is.  I'll replace the fan relay and see if that does the trick.

tammyngabe1@att.net

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45 post(s)
replied on 4/20/2007

i think it might be called a klixon relay.i hope that works let me know i am off the weekend.



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