When the pilot light on your gas furnace goes out, your home’s heat source goes with it. Keep the heat on in your home by learning how to light the pilot light and get the furnace system back up and running.
What Is A Pilot Light?
Gas furnaces use the heat created by igniting natural gas to heat the home. This gas is ignited by the pilot light. A pilot light is a small, continuous flame used to ignite the burners in a gas furnace system.
How To Relight A Furnace Pilot Light
If your pilot light has gone out, don’t worry, you’re not alone. A blown pilot light is one of the most common problems a gas furnace can face and is usually an easy fix. While most furnaces come with instructions that describe how to light a pilot light, some may not. If your furnace doesn’t have instructions for relighting the pilot light, carefully following these steps can help you safely restore the flow of warm air in your home:
1.) Locate the pilot light assembly (most often found near the bottom of the furnace).
2.) Once located find the gas valve. There are three positions for the pilot valve: “On”, “Off” and “Pilot Setting”. Turn the valve to the “Off” position and wait at least three minutes to ensure all remaining gas buildup has dissipated
3.) Once you’ve waited at least three minutes, turn the gas valve to the “Pilot Setting” position.
4.) While pushing the “reset” button on the pilot control panel, hold a lit match to the pilot opening. When the flame burns brightly, the pilot is lit.
5.) Turn the gas valve to the “On” position.
6.) Wait to see if the pilot light stays lit.
What Causes a Pilot Light to Go Out?
Knowing why your pilot light went out in the first place can help you avoid it in the future. Below are common reasons your pilot light may have gone out:
A properly functioning pilot light should burn blue. If your pilot light is burning with a yellow tinge, it is burning inefficiently. When inefficiency is detected, your furnace’s thermocouple should detect it and shut off the gas to the pilot light.
When dirt and debris build up on the intake valve, the oxygen needed to fuel the pilot light can be restricted and cause the light to go out. Cleaning the valve should fix the issue. Do you need assistance with lighting a pilot light on your furnace? Team Electric, Plumbing, & Air offers gas furnace repair, installation, and tune-up services to homes in New Jersey. Give us a call by phone at (732) 201-3305 or schedule an appointment online to receive help.
Blown Out By Wind
A tiny flame in your furnace system, pilot lights are prone to go out when the airflow around it fluctuates. Even a small draft is enough to blow out a pilot light.
If after attempting the above the furnace pilot light does not stay lit, you may need to contact a professional HVAC technician for repair. Team Electric, Plumbing, & Air offers furnace installation, repair, and tune-up services near in New Jersey. We offer HVAC services in areas such as Middletown, Tom’s River, Brick, Elizabeth, and Trenton.
Our Team Will Light Your Pilot Light
If you’d like a professional to help relight the pilot light on your furnace, call the qualified technicians at Team Electric by phone at (732) 201-3305. Our HVAC technicians are a trusted resource and are on call and ready to help you with your furnace repair needs. When your furnace needs service, contact us!