Is it possible to connect furnace ignitor in parallel
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  1. #1
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    It really scares me when the ignitor of our furnace gets broken and I am away from home..My wife would panic when she smells the unburned gas from the furnace...I am also getting tired of having to change it like almost every year... Is it possible to connect 2 furnace ignitors in parallel- to kind of make it a little bit fail-safe?

    We have a Goodman/Janitrol furnace (cheap one)...

    Thanks in advance for your replies..

  2. #2
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    Ignitors in parallel?? Then they'd both burn out yearly! (well, maybe not).
    But seriously, I wouldn't try it. I'd worry about possibly overamping the relay or worse.
    You should get far more than a year out of an ignitor. You need to find out what is making it burn out so fast and fix the actual problem.
    Like if your furnace is short cycling for a variety of reasons, condensation dripping on the ignitor, high dust content in the combustion air etc.

  3. #3
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    When was the last time you had your unit cleaned and inspected?

    Now you have a problem with the unit. Fuel costs are skyrocketing.

    So why not call in a professional to repair the unit? While they are there they can clean and inspect your unit to insure a safe living environment for you and your loved ones. Not to mention, having an efficient running system could save you more than the cost of the service.

    What's your safety worth? I'm guessing more than the repair bill.

    (we can't help DIY, due to site rules )

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