Last year when I turned on our gas furnace for the first time ... I went to
the attic and found the igniter buzzing away and to state the obvious - the
burner was not doing a thing. Came down and turned the thermostat off.
Igniter stopped. Waited a little while and moved the thermostat again -
repeat performance from the igniter. Once again turned the thermostat off.
I called a professional who was recommended by friends. He showed up - I
tried demoing the problem. I say "tried" because as soon as I moved the
thermostat the furnace fired. Well, since he was around he checked the
furnace and said it all looked fine, and I had no problems all last winter.
This year I went through a similar sequence this past weekend. Three times
it did not start (the igniter buzzing away). The fourth time, I turned on
the fan (for no logical reason) and then moved the thermostat and the
burners fired. I've moved the fan back to auto and the heat has been fine
for about three or four cool days when it came on. The weather has warmed
This is a 20-year old Carrier gas furnace (58 series). Should I get another
professional to look at it? The professional I got last time was well
recommended and he didn't recommend doing anything last year. I do realize
that it's advisable to have a yearly checkup - I'm curious if a different
professional would have had a different diagnosis. I certainly don't intend
to perform any repairs myself though I'd appreciate theories on what could
be causing this behavior.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.