Are you tired of relighting the pilot light on one of your gas appliances? If your appliances are performing properly, this should not be a frequent issue.
Gas-fueled heating units like furnaces, water heaters, and fireplaces hold a small flame that remains lit, serving as an ignition source. This tiny flame is used to ignite the gas that fuels these appliances so that they can provide heat.
Pilot lights may occasionally go out due to issues with drafts or poor ventilation, but this is rare. If you have to relight your pilot light frequently, this points to mechanical issues – specifically, the thermocouple on the appliance.
The thermocouple prevents gas from leaking into your home when the pilot light goes out. If faulty, a thermocouple can snuff out your pilot light. In some cases it can even prevent a pilot light from igniting.
It is possible to relight a pilot yourself. It is not difficult. However, safety is key. If you think you’re experiencing issues with a faulty thermocouple, it’s best to contact a furnace repair company for help. In addition, you should never attempt to light a pilot light if you smell gas. Any gas odor indicates a leak. For your safety, you should vacate your home immediately and contact your gas company.
Below is the basic procedure for relighting a pilot light, however, the owner’s manual for your appliance will offer additional insight.
Your water heater maintenance company knows some models have an access cover that must be lifted to gain access to the pilot light, which is typically located beneath the tank. The assistance of your owner’s manual and a flashlight can make finding the pilot on your water heater much easier.
Keep the flame alive. Address pilot light issues, ensuring the safety of your combustion appliances with the help of & H Heating & Air Conditioning. Contact us to schedule service and maintenance today.