I guess there could be any number of reasons why the dealer is doing things the way he is, but as I said, I have no choice. Thanks for the info on running without an igniter in place. That is exactly what I'll do. What I was going to do before this aforementioned scenario came about was just get the replacement igniter and put it in at the end of the heating season when I do my off season cleaning. I can still do that, but now having to take it out to send to them, I will be doing everything twice.