A furnace is a system that is used in the home to provide heat. The furnace system can use many different fueling sources to provide this heat in the home, including natural gas. With a gas furnace, home owners will have a warm home to enjoy, which makes for quite comfortable evenings. However, with a gas furnace comes responsibility. A gas furnace, like other heating units, requires maintenance and servicing. Many times a professional must be called in to do the job, but sometimes a home owners can take matters into their own hands.
One factor that gas furnace owners must consider is the pilot light. This light is what keeps the unit providing heat. This portion of the unit can go out at any time and to save money as well as time and heat, a home owner must know how to relight the pilot light. Below is a basic guide to relighting the pilot light of a gas furnace.
Since furnace systems can vary, it is best to keep track of your manufacturer handbook. This book will explain exactly how to light the pilot light. You can follow these instructions to ensure that the pilot light is relit exactly how it should be to avoid any accidents or problems with the unit. However if you do not have your booklet, follow the simple tips below, which should work if applied to your unit.
Find the pilot light option. This should be a portion of the unit which has settings for Gas Valve Off and On as well as pilot settings.
Turn the Valve to the Off position and wait around three minutes.
After the small pause, switch the valve to the pilot setting. You will then need to hold a match that is lit, to the pilot opening. At the same time, push the reset button on the control panel to try and light the pilot. You should eventually see a flame, which means the pilot light was lit. you can use a match during this step, or a long lighter, like one used for barbequing.
Once the light is lit, set the Valve to the On position. If you find the light will not stay lit, it may have a clog. Turn the gas Valve option to Off and then use a small wire to clean the opening. If this does not work, you may be in need of a professional.
These simple tips should allow you to light your pilot light. However, do not be afraid to ask for assistance or the help of a professional.