You need your furnace to do its job, especially during these colder, winter months. The last thing you need right now is to have to pay for a repair. If you’re heater stops working, don’t call a repairman just yet! It might just be that your furnace’s pilot light is out. Follow the steps below to re-light your pilot light and get back to those cozy nights indoors.
Where Is It?
The pilot light is the flame that ignites the gas coming out of the main burner in your furnace. It’s very easy for it go out, even a slight breeze could extinguish it. To locate yours, you’ll want to look near the bottom of your heater for an on and off switch called “Pilot.”
Turning It Off
You’ll need to turn off the pilot light first. When you do this, turn the switch to “off,” and wait at least five minutes for any residual gas to clear out. This will prevent a potential fire.
Turning It Back On
Make sure you have a long stem lighter before this step. Right next to the pilot switch, there should be a reset button. Turn the switch back to “Pilot,” and hold down the reset button. Still holding the reset, light your lighter right near the pilot light opening. This should successfully light the pilot light. Once you’re sure it’s lit, release the reset button.
Try the steps above a few times more times if it doesn’t work the first time. If it still won’t light, you probably have something more than just your pilot light that needs fixing. Don’t attempt to fix anything else on your furnace yourself as it can be dangerous. For all your heating and cooling needs, reach out to us at Star Mechanical.