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3 Things to Know about Your Pilot Light
30 Nov
By: Climate Control
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One way in which maintenance agreements can help you is if you have a pilot light furnace heater.

One of the benefits of maintenance agreements is having a skilled and experienced HVAC technician examine your entire HVAC system, including a furnace with a pilot light. Because a pilot light is a flame that’s always on, you need to take special care in making sure it’s working properly. This not only ensures your heater works the way you want, but it can help prevent a serious accident. The following is a list of three things you should understand about your pilot light:

#1 You Can Manually Turn It Off

To save a little bit of money on your gas bill, you can turn off your heating furnace’s pilot light for the times when you won’t be using your heater. The cost savings will be small, but it can amount to a few dinners out over the course of a year, depending on the price of gas in your area.

And when the weather cools off and you’ll soon need your heater, you can relight your pilot light by following the instructions provided by your furnace manufacturer. Alternatively, you can have the HVAC technician do it during one of the regularly scheduled visits that occur with a maintenance agreement.

#2 Be Careful When Lighting the Pilot Light

When relighting the pilot light, be careful and note the reason why you’re relighting it. If you manually turned it off in the spring season and are relighting it in the fall or winter, be sure to follow the proper procedures.

But if the pilot light went out on its own, before relighting it, make sure it hasn’t been releasing gas from the moment it went out to the time you’re trying to relight it. Your furnace should have safety protocols in place to avoid your unlit pilot light releasing gas, but safety mechanisms aren’t foolproof and accidents can happen.

#3 Your Pilot Light Going out May Not Be Your Fault

If your pilot light constantly goes out, it could be because your gas utility service is unable to provide enough gas during peak demand time periods. So a call to your utility company in addition to your HVAC company is probably in order.

Part of the services provided in maintenance agreements include dealing with your pilot light. Given the potential dangers of pilot lights and the care they require, it’s no wonder many people choose to have their pilot light inspected during a regularly scheduled maintenance visit. To learn more about maintenance agreements, contact our team at Climate Control today.

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