How to Remove the Igniter in Payne and Bryant Furnaces


Payne and Bryant gas furnaces use an electronic igniter to light the flame for the burners. This eliminates the need for a standing pilot light. Although igniters typically last for years, it is sometimes necessary to replace them. When your furnace fails to ignite, chances are the igniter is faulty. When purchasing a new igniter, take the old one with you. Removing the igniter in a Payne and Bryant furnace helps ensure you get the correct part for your model. The dealer can match up part numbers from the old igniter.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/4-inch nut driver
  • Set the room thermostat to the lowest temperature setting. Turn off the main power to the Payne and Bryant furnace. There is a switch near the unit that looks similar to a light switch. Turn the lever on the house gas valve next to the furnace so the lever is pointing away from the gas line. This shuts off the main fuel supply.

  • Lift the front panel slightly with your hands and pull the top of the front panel away from the furnace. Lift the bottom of the front panel away from the furnace and set it aside.

  • Find the gas control near the upper part of the furnace above the blower. Turn the switch on the control to the “Off” position. Look for the furnace igniter next to the burner assembly. The igniter looks like a square piece of ceramic with a small metal tip on the top. The tip is near the burners while the main body mounts to an angle ledge. There are wires connecting to the bottom of the igniter.

  • Hold the top of wire connector on the bottom of the igniter with one hand and pull the bottom of the connector with your other hand to disconnect the wires.

  • Remove the screws securing the igniter mounting plate to the furnace using a 1/4-inch nut driver. Grab the igniter by the base and pull it out of the Payne and Bryant furnace.

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