Proper Procedure to Light Your Furnace Safely

Light Your Furnace Safely in Charlottesville

If you have a gas furnace, the pilot light can go out for a variety of reasons. When this light goes out, your furnace will not come on. Relighting your pilot light is simple.

Finding the Instructions Label on Your Furnace

You will first want to look for the instruction label on your furnace. It will tell you exactly how to relight your pilot. You may have to search around for it depending on what type of furnace you have. The printing may be small, so make sure that you have a magnifying glass handy.

Locate the Pilot Light

Look toward the bottom of your furnace, and there will be a switch. This switch will be labeled “pilot” and will have an on and off label. Turn the switch to the off position. Wait five minutes before attempting to relight it. This will allow the gas to dissipate. Never try to light the pilot light while gas is present. While you are waiting, locate the reset button.

Re-Light Pilot Light

After five minutes, turn your knob to the “on” position and then hold the reset button down. Get a long lighter and have it close to the opening. Turn the lighter on, and your pilot should come on. Release the reset button. If the pilot light does not come on at first, do the steps over again.

What If The Pilot Light Does Not Come On?

If your pilot light still does not come on after a couple of tries, you have an issue with something in your system. Your igniter may be clogged, there may be an issue with the gas supply or another problem. If this is the case, you will want to call out an HVAC company to help. An HVAC technician can trace down the problem and ensure that your light is lit quickly. While the technician is there, have him show you how to reignite the pilot light.

At Beck Cohen, we will come out to address any issues with your pilot light. We serve Charlottesville and the surrounding areas, and we offer HVAC services, electrical services, and plumbing services. If you have an issue with your pilot light, please schedule an appointment today.