How to Light a Pilot Light
For home owner’s who use a furnace to stay warm, knowing how to light your pilot light is an essential piece of furnace maintenance. In some cases, a home’s furnace can carry the duty of providing hot water in place of a traditional water heater, which makes an understanding of your home’s HVAC equipment a must.
Pilot lights can go out simply because of a draft, and if there are manufacturer’s instructions, which are usually fastened to the furnace itself, then it is suggested that you turn to those first. If you cannot find those instructions for furnace maintenance, then follow these steps.
- Find the pilot light assembly. It usually has a gas valve with on, off, and pilot settings.
- Turn the valve off and wait three minutes
- Switch the valve to pilot setting. Hold the lighted match to the pilot opening while you push the reset button on the pilot control panel. Keep this button depressed until the pilot flame burns brightly, and then set the valve to the “on” position.
- If the pilot light won’t stay lit, the opening may be clogged. Turn the gas valve off and clean the opening with a piece of fine wire. If it won’t stay lit after several attempts, call Climatic Heating and Cooling to perform your furnace maintenance for you.
Furnace maintenance and furnace installation are delicate procedures that require knowledge of HVAC systems. Safety is always a priority when dealing with furnace maintenance, so if you feel uncomfortable performing any maintenance on your own, stop what you are doing and give Climatic a call.