Fan Blower Acting Erratically - Cause Unknown

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Fan Blower Acting Erratically - Cause Unknown

Postby petercj5 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:44 pm

I have a conundrum that has been quite vexing, and any advice would be appreciated. For a number of months, our indoor fan blower has been coming on at seemingly-random times, blowing room temperature air through the vents in our house. It usually comes on 2-3 times per day, for anywhere from 3-10 minutes each time, and the times at which it comes on can vary considerably (though late morning and mid-evening seem to be more common). When it does come on, it is usually several hours after the heater has last been on (and the heater is currently operating as it should when heat is called for). Turning the thermostat switch to “Off” does not shut this random fan blower action off, and there are in fact times when the fan comes on when the switch is already set to “Off”. Now, here is where it gets interesting. We have a York furnace in the attic (which came with our new Lennar home in 2006), and, the first time an HVAC specialist came to investigate this problem, he suggested that the circuit board was faulty (it was showing some error codes which indicated a needed replacement). So, in December 2012, he replaced the circuit board. The problem continued, however. So, last week, he came out again and found an error code indicating that a flame was being sensed - but no gas. Theorizing that the gas valve was responsible (and there was evidence of water having gotten into both it and the circuit board at some point in the past due to insufficient drainage), he replaced the gas valve. Both repairs may have been necessary, but the two combined ran us almost $800 - and neither solved the problem of the fan’s erratic operation. The air filter has been replaced multiple times through this process, and I have also replaced the batteries in the thermostat (though not the thermostat itself). I did notice when I was replacing the batteries a few weeks ago that the fan came on while I had the batteries removed. So, my question is, what could be responsible for this? Could the thermostat itself be at fault? It is a programmable model, but the HVAC specialist checked and cleared all programs. If the thermostat is not the likely culprit, what could be? And how serious is this problem? My wife has asked me if this is really the sort of thing that I should worry about at all, given that we have already replaced the circuit board and gas valve. Thanks!
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- Fan Blower Acting Erratically * Cause Unknown

Postby Freon » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:51 am

First thing to do is when you have a warm house and you won't need heat for several hours, turn off the power to the furnace and, after labeling each thermostat wire connected to the control board (so you know where they go when you reconnect them), disconnect all thermostat wires from the furnace control board. Turn of the power and see if the fan still misbehaves.

If the fan does not misbehave then the problem lies in either the thermostat or a bad wire from the thermostat to the furnace. If the fan still misbehaves then we can look further into the furnace itself.

Remember to turn off the power before reconnecting the thermostat wires.
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