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I have a 14 year old Rudd hot air gas furnace in a basement with a
standing pilot/thermocouple. It uses a Honeywell gas valve.
It has a funnel over the pilot, connected to a pilot blower fan (is
this a combustion blower) via a tube which is connected to a metal
flue that is vented through the chimney.
The chimneys were last cleaned about 5 years ago. There is an
identical furnace sidewise mounted in the attic which has never
exhibited this problem.

The pilot started to go on the basement furnace out a couple of years
ago, more and more frequently, but intermittently. Lately, it occurs
about 5 out of every 7 or 8 days when the heat is on, even if there is
no significant wind.

I replaced a pitted and eroded thermocouple, but no apparent effect on
problem. .
I had an HVAC technician in who after 2 hours of diagnosis still isnt
sure what the problem is, but heres what we observed and did.
- Adjusted the thermocouple so that it was farther into the pilot
flame. No effect.
- Replaced the thermocouple €“ twice. No effect.
- Tightened the gas line from the valve to the pilot. No effect.
- Observed that the pilot flame goes down by about 1/3 to ½ when the
blower motor comes on, but only if the funnel over the pilot is
installed.
o No observable effect if the funnel is removed.
- Observed that the pilot going out can be replicated but not
consistently, as follows:
o Pilot Blower fan shuts off (due to thermostat going off or manually
switching off furnace). Happens frequently but intermittently, e.g.
5/10 times.
 Like a backdraft is occurring or something else is interrupting gas
flow to the pilot.
o Banging on cover of main fan motor. Happened once.
o Doing nothing. There were no fans running, and pilot just went out.
- Replaced the thermocouple (twice). Pilot keeps going out.
- According to the tech, there are no lights or other diagnostics
indicating any problems, specifically with the pilot blower.
- Removing the funnel over the pilot seems to fix the problem.
However, the funnel and tube are clean, unblocked and dont show any
soot or other deposits.
- He tested removing the external vent from the blower motor but only
once, the pilot stayed on when the pilot blower fan was shut off.

His conclusion after talking to a senior technician is that there is
probably a problem with the pilot blower motor, which €śsounds funny€ť
to him.
I dont know what it is supposed to sound like, but its not grinding,
clinking, etc. He says this is a $400 part (plus labor), including the
housing.

He left the pilot funnel off, said I should have the flue cleaned just
to eliminate that as an issue, which I will.
He says if thats not the problem the next thing they will have to do
is replace the blower motor.

Do you agree with this diagnosis?
Is it safe to leave the pilot funnel removed with the furnace
operating?

Thanks much

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I have a 14 year old Rudd hot air gas furnace in a basement with a
standing pilot/thermocouple. It uses a Honeywell gas valve.
It has a funnel over the pilot, connected to a pilot blower fan (is
this a combustion blower) via a tube which is connected to a metal
flue that is vented through the chimney.
The chimneys were last cleaned about 5 years ago. There is an
identical furnace sidewise mounted in the attic which has never
exhibited this problem.

The pilot started to go on the basement furnace out a couple of years
ago, more and more frequently, but intermittently. Lately, it occurs
about 5 out of every 7 or 8 days when the heat is on, even if there is
no significant wind.

I replaced a pitted and eroded thermocouple, but no apparent effect on
problem. .
I had an HVAC technician in who after 2 hours of diagnosis still isn't
sure what the problem is, but here's what we observed and did.
- Adjusted the thermocouple so that it was farther into the pilot
flame. No effect.
- Replaced the thermocouple - twice. No effect.
- Tightened the gas line from the valve to the pilot. No effect.
- Observed that the pilot flame goes down by about 1/3 to ˝ when the
blower motor comes on, but only if the funnel over the pilot is
installed.
o No observable effect if the funnel is removed.
- Observed that the pilot going out can be replicated but not
consistently, as follows:
o Pilot Blower fan shuts off (due to thermostat going off or manually
switching off furnace). Happens frequently but intermittently, e.g.
5/10 times.
? Like a backdraft is occurring or something else is interrupting gas
flow to the pilot.
o Banging on cover of main fan motor. Happened once.
o Doing nothing. There were no fans running, and pilot just went out.
- Replaced the thermocouple (twice). Pilot keeps going out.
- According to the tech, there are no lights or other diagnostics
indicating any problems, specifically with the pilot blower.
- Removing the funnel over the pilot seems to fix the problem.
However, the funnel and tube are clean, unblocked and don't show any
soot or other deposits.
- He tested removing the external vent from the blower motor but only
once, the pilot stayed on when the pilot blower fan was shut off.

His conclusion after talking to a senior technician is that there is
probably a problem with the pilot blower motor, which "sounds funny"
to him.
I don't know what it is supposed to sound like, but it's not grinding,
clinking, etc. He says this is a $400 part (plus labor), including the
housing.

He left the pilot funnel off, said I should have the flue cleaned just
to eliminate that as an issue, which I will.
He says if that's not the problem the next thing they will have to do
is replace the blower motor.

Do you agree with this diagnosis?
Is it safe to leave the pilot funnel removed with the furnace
operating?

Thanks much


You have a damaged or ruptured fire box [heat exchanger.] Call your local
HVAC guy and have him pull the blower housing and inspect the heat exchanger
from there. If he can't find anything, there is a new product on the market
that can be "sprayed" into the firebox chamber and detected using a halon
[freon] detector in the area I just mentioned.

The problem occurs after the heater has been on for a bit, and the rupture
opens, letting in blower air. When the inducer stops, the blower creates a
positive pressure in the heat exchanger and blows the pilot out.

Generally, on a furance that has air conditioning, and a standing pilot,
there exists excessive condensation around the pilot area and, as a result,
the heat exchanger fails [rusts through]. This is on older furnaces. Newer
furances will not have this problem because there is not a burning pilot.

Replacing the furance will reduce your utility cost of operation saving you
money. Probably paying for the change out in less than 10 years depending
on the cost of fuel in your area.


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Zyp


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I have a 14 year old Rudd hot air gas furnace in a basement with a
standing pilot/thermocouple. It uses a Honeywell gas valve.
It has a funnel over the pilot, connected to a pilot blower fan (is
this a combustion blower) via a tube which is connected to a metal
flue that is vented through the chimney.
The chimneys were last cleaned about 5 years ago. There is an
identical furnace sidewise mounted in the attic which has never
exhibited this problem.

The pilot started to go on the basement furnace out a couple of years
ago, more and more frequently, but intermittently. Lately, it occurs
about 5 out of every 7 or 8 days when the heat is on, even if there is
no significant wind.

I replaced a pitted and eroded thermocouple, but no apparent effect on
problem. .
I had an HVAC technician in who after 2 hours of diagnosis still isn't
sure what the problem is, but here's what we observed and did.
- Adjusted the thermocouple so that it was farther into the pilot
flame. No effect.
- Replaced the thermocouple - twice. No effect.
- Tightened the gas line from the valve to the pilot. No effect.
- Observed that the pilot flame goes down by about 1/3 to ˝ when the
blower motor comes on, but only if the funnel over the pilot is
installed.
o No observable effect if the funnel is removed.
- Observed that the pilot going out can be replicated but not
consistently, as follows:
o Pilot Blower fan shuts off (due to thermostat going off or manually
switching off furnace). Happens frequently but intermittently, e.g.
5/10 times.
? Like a backdraft is occurring or something else is interrupting gas
flow to the pilot.
o Banging on cover of main fan motor. Happened once.
o Doing nothing. There were no fans running, and pilot just went out.
- Replaced the thermocouple (twice). Pilot keeps going out.
- According to the tech, there are no lights or other diagnostics
indicating any problems, specifically with the pilot blower.
- Removing the funnel over the pilot seems to fix the problem.
However, the funnel and tube are clean, unblocked and don't show any
soot or other deposits.
- He tested removing the external vent from the blower motor but only
once, the pilot stayed on when the pilot blower fan was shut off.

His conclusion after talking to a senior technician is that there is
probably a problem with the pilot blower motor, which "sounds funny"
to him.
I don't know what it is supposed to sound like, but it's not grinding,
clinking, etc. He says this is a $400 part (plus labor), including the
housing.

He left the pilot funnel off, said I should have the flue cleaned just
to eliminate that as an issue, which I will.
He says if that's not the problem the next thing they will have to do
is replace the blower motor.

Do you agree with this diagnosis?
Is it safe to leave the pilot funnel removed with the furnace
operating?

Thanks much
Before you get too far, check that there is adequate airflow into the
furnace space and that you do not have something causing negative air
pressure and/or a slight downdraft. Sounds to me like and airflow problem.

Don Young


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How about a dirty or clogged orifice? Had the same problem years ago and
all that was done to fix it was to blow out the orifice.
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I have a 14 year old Rudd hot air gas furnace in a basement with a
standing pilot/thermocouple. It uses a Honeywell gas valve.
It has a funnel over the pilot, connected to a pilot blower fan (is
this a combustion blower) via a tube which is connected to a metal
flue that is vented through the chimney.
The chimneys were last cleaned about 5 years ago. There is an
identical furnace sidewise mounted in the attic which has never
exhibited this problem.

The pilot started to go on the basement furnace out a couple of years
ago, more and more frequently, but intermittently. Lately, it occurs
about 5 out of every 7 or 8 days when the heat is on, even if there is
no significant wind.

I replaced a pitted and eroded thermocouple, but no apparent effect on
problem. .
I had an HVAC technician in who after 2 hours of diagnosis still isn't
sure what the problem is, but here's what we observed and did.
- Adjusted the thermocouple so that it was farther into the pilot
flame. No effect.
- Replaced the thermocouple - twice. No effect.
- Tightened the gas line from the valve to the pilot. No effect.
- Observed that the pilot flame goes down by about 1/3 to ˝ when the
blower motor comes on, but only if the funnel over the pilot is
installed.
o No observable effect if the funnel is removed.
- Observed that the pilot going out can be replicated but not
consistently, as follows:
o Pilot Blower fan shuts off (due to thermostat going off or manually
switching off furnace). Happens frequently but intermittently, e.g.
5/10 times.
? Like a backdraft is occurring or something else is interrupting gas
flow to the pilot.
o Banging on cover of main fan motor. Happened once.
o Doing nothing. There were no fans running, and pilot just went out.
- Replaced the thermocouple (twice). Pilot keeps going out.
- According to the tech, there are no lights or other diagnostics
indicating any problems, specifically with the pilot blower.
- Removing the funnel over the pilot seems to fix the problem.
However, the funnel and tube are clean, unblocked and don't show any
soot or other deposits.
- He tested removing the external vent from the blower motor but only
once, the pilot stayed on when the pilot blower fan was shut off.

His conclusion after talking to a senior technician is that there is
probably a problem with the pilot blower motor, which "sounds funny"
to him.
I don't know what it is supposed to sound like, but it's not grinding,
clinking, etc. He says this is a $400 part (plus labor), including the
housing.

He left the pilot funnel off, said I should have the flue cleaned just
to eliminate that as an issue, which I will.
He says if that's not the problem the next thing they will have to do
is replace the blower motor.

Do you agree with this diagnosis?
Is it safe to leave the pilot funnel removed with the furnace
operating?

Thanks much


You have a damaged or ruptured fire box [heat exchanger.] Call your local
HVAC guy and have him pull the blower housing and inspect the heat

exchanger
from there. If he can't find anything, there is a new product on the

market
that can be "sprayed" into the firebox chamber and detected using a halon
[freon] detector in the area I just mentioned.

The problem occurs after the heater has been on for a bit, and the rupture
opens, letting in blower air. When the inducer stops, the blower creates

a
positive pressure in the heat exchanger and blows the pilot out.

Generally, on a furance that has air conditioning, and a standing pilot,
there exists excessive condensation around the pilot area and, as a

result,
the heat exchanger fails [rusts through]. This is on older furnaces.

Newer
furances will not have this problem because there is not a burning pilot.

Replacing the furance will reduce your utility cost of operation saving

you
money. Probably paying for the change out in less than 10 years depending
on the cost of fuel in your area.


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to eliminate that as an issue, which I will.
He says if that's not the problem the next thing they will have to do
is replace the blower motor.


Do you agree with this diagnosis?
Is it safe to leave the pilot funnel removed with the furnace
operating?


Thanks much


You have a damaged or ruptured fire box [heat exchanger.] Call your local
HVAC guy and have him pull the blower housing and inspect the heat exchanger
from there. If he can't find anything, there is a new product on the market
that can be "sprayed" into the firebox chamber and detected using a halon
[freon] detector in the area I just mentioned.

The problem occurs after the heater has been on for a bit, and the rupture
opens, letting in blower air. When the inducer stops, the blower creates a
positive pressure in the heat exchanger and blows the pilot out.

Generally, on a furance that has air conditioning, and a standing pilot,
there exists excessive condensation around the pilot area and, as a result,
the heat exchanger fails [rusts through]. This is on older furnaces. Newer
furances will not have this problem because there is not a burning pilot.

Replacing the furance will reduce your utility cost of operation saving you
money. Probably paying for the change out in less than 10 years depending
on the cost of fuel in your area.

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All:
Thanks everyone for your responses.
FYI 1. The furnace is in a large undisturbed basement with no drafts,
only one door (almost always closed), closed windows, and nothing near
or covering the vents in the furnace housing. 2. The pilot orifice
appears clean.

Zyp
You are correct, the furnaces are also used for air conditioning.
There is a condensate pump, not sure if it is working.
There is no external visible sign of rust near the pilot or anywhere
else on the furnace, except on two of the three bolt heads securing
the inducer blower to the heat exchanger.

Below are some other symptoms and additional tests I performed after
reading your response.
Do these symptoms confirm your diagnosis?
If so I'll skip the $180 flue cleaning and have the heat exchanger
inspected.

- I hear a "puff" sound when the power is cut (and inducer blower and
main blower turns off).
- When I put a lighted butane lighter in three gas jets I tested (even
ones several inchces from the pilot) and cut the power, the flame on
the lighter goes out instantly with the "puff" sound. This occurs if
the furnace has been heated only for 10+seconds.
Also, when covering the hole on the inducer blower where the funnel
tube above the pilot normally connects, there is no significant
sensation of back pressure coming from the inducer when the power is
cut.

Thanks for your kind input
Mike


PS There are no signs of external rust in the pilot/gas jet area
(except two of the three draft inducer/blower screw heads are rusted)
or on the external surfaces of the furnace. However, there is rust on
the ground below the condensate pump which was replaced a few years
ago, and rust is possible in the water coming out of the condensate
pump (there's a clear plastic flexible tube but its discolored brown
from age so it's hard to tell what's brown and what's rust).

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