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Our 396GAW furnace sometimes takes up to 15 seconds to light. I hear a spark-spark-spark-spark, and the pilot comes on

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Default How to ensure proper igniter operation
Model Number: 396GAW (Payne)   Brand: -other-   Age: More than 10 years   

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Our 396GAW furnace sometimes takes up to 15 seconds to light. I hear a spark-spark-spark-spark, and the pilot comes on right away, but the main burners sometimes don't come on until 15 seconds (in rare cases, more).

It's been doing this for a few years now and hasn't caused any explosions (I didn't know this might be dangerous). Is this normal, and if not, how can I adjust the unit so it lights more quickly?

The gas valve is relatively new (5 years), and this week I replaced the logic board and firebox limit switch to fix a fan relay problem.

It is the same furnace described here: Furnace Repair 396GAW


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