March 16, 2022

How to replace the furnace flame sensor

How to replace the furnace flame sensor

When furnace burners ignite but only stay lit for a few seconds, a dirty or faulty flame sensor may be causing the problem. Try cleaning the flame sensor and see if the burner flames stay lit. If flames still go out after a few seconds, you may need to replace the flame sensor because it isn't detecting the burner flames.

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Tools required
Screwdriver or wrench set
work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Disconnect electrical power to the furnace

    Turn off the power switch on the side of the furnace or shut off the house circuit breaker for the furnace to disconnect electrical power.

  2. 02.

    Remove the burner access cover

    Remove the access cover in front of the furnace burners.

  3. 03.

    Remove the flame sensor

    Disconnect the flame sensor wire.

    Remove the flame sensor mounting screw.

    Pull the furnace burner flame sensor out and discard it.

  4. 04.

    Install the new flame sensor

    Insert the new flame sensor and connect the wire.

    Reinstall the burner access cover.

  5. 05.

    Restore electrical power to the furnace

    Turn the furnace power switch back on or reset the house circuit breaker for the furnace to restore electrical power.

Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

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