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    Polishing My Flame Sensor

    Been doing this stuff for years. Every couple of those, my Trane gas furnace gets to where it occasionally trials through numerous flame proof cycles, then goes into that fault mode.

    So, I'm home today and trying to relax. I've put this off for weeks, but it's inevitable. My furnace problem has become more prevalent and...it's getting cold outside. Yet, I fear I'll break out in a cold sweat if I have to fix MY stuff too.

    Nah...I gotta do it. So tonight I broke down and did it. I decided that I must...POLISH MY FLAME SENSOR.

    Now, mind you, I don't work out of a service van anymore. My tools are asunder. I've had several (not all) test equipment items get ruined by battery seepage. My Dewalts are dead and won't take a charge. I can't find those certain special bits I used for it ANYWAY. My MAPP gas has leaked out. My silicone tubes have hardened. I DID find my plumbing, electrical, gas and refrigeration bin boxes over there collecting dust. But...that's not what I need.

    I need something to polish my FLAME SENSOR! HECK! The occasion to do this has seized me, but my garage is cluttered. My MIND is cluttered with today's fixes. My brain harkens back to the day when I had a service van and I could go right there where I kept what I need and simply go to get it!

    I could use a dollar bill I suppose. Scotch-bright works better though. However, I don't have any of that. I could resort to steel wool or sand paper (I know...and I know better) but I can't find it! What do I do?
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    I used a wad of ALUMINUM FOIL.
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    That was too easy. Why didn't I think of that before?

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    'polish the flame sensor' usually involves alcohol, porn, women, explosives and the like. not furnaces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HVAC_Marc View Post
    'polish the flame sensor' usually involves alcohol, porn, women, explosives and the like. not furnaces.
    Ah! So the almighty dollar (bill) would have gotten better results.


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    I've got a bad thermostat for one of my baseboard heaters upstairs.

    The new stats been sitting in the box for over a month because I've been too lazy to install it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ECtofix View Post
    Ah! So the almighty dollar (bill) would have gotten better results.
    very much so

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    My furnace was put in around the early 90s.... 90-93.... right after we moved here.... but anyhow..... lets say 93..... so its been in 20 years....lol

    Never have cleaned or replaced the flame sensor or anything else on the furnace... Guess I got a good one....
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    I know that feeling. I can't find anything anymore.

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    Ha! Ha! You described exactly how it is at my house! I've got some tools, but they're tools, if they ever got lost, I would never miss them. All my good tools and meters are in my work truck at the school district. I've had a new element control switch for our glass cook top sitting in the drawer for months. I just can't find the motivation to change it, even though my wife reminds me almost every day.

    Great post! Thanks for the aluminum foil tip. I'll remember that the next time I have to "polish my flame sensor".
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    I also HATE fixing my own stuff.

    Several years ago in the middle of elk season, our year old GE wash machine started giving trouble.
    You know the model with the 12 lb block of concrete in the frame for balance.
    Well, after the third day of full-of-water & die, I wrestled it out the patio door and 3 blasts from the 12ga had it draining nicely!

    Bought a Maetegg and had a good elk hunt!

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