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How to Light a Pilot Light on a Furnace

Keep Your Furnace Running

Winter in Central Maryland can be chilly, and a reliable furnace is your best ally in keeping your home cozy. One common issue homeowners may encounter is a pilot light that has gone out. But fear not! In this guide, we’ll walk you through the simple steps on how to light a pilot light on a furnace, ensuring you stay snug and warm all season long.

Why Did the Pilot Light Go Out?

Before we dive into the steps, let’s briefly address why a pilot light might extinguish. It could be due to a gust of wind, a malfunctioning thermocouple, or simply aging equipment. Whatever the reason, relighting it is a breeze!

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Locate the Pilot Light

Before you start, make sure to turn off the furnace’s gas supply. Locate the pilot light assembly – it’s usually near the burner and can be identified by a small gas valve with settings like “On,” “Off,” and “Pilot.”

Step 2: Set the Control Dial to Pilot

Turn the control dial to the “Pilot” setting. This will allow gas to flow to the pilot assembly.

Step 3: Depress the Reset Button

Hold down the reset button to allow gas to reach the pilot assembly. This primes the system for ignition.

Step 4: Ignite the Pilot Light

While holding down the reset button, use a long lighter or match to ignite the pilot light. You should see a small, steady flame.

Step 5: Set the Control Dial to On

Once the pilot light is burning steadily, release the reset button and turn the control dial to the “On” position. Your furnace should now start heating your home again.

Maintenance Matters

Regular maintenance is key to a furnace’s longevity and efficiency. As you’ve learned how to light a pilot light, consider scheduling a professional heater maintenance service. It ensures your system runs smoothly, catches potential issues early, and keeps your home comfortably warm throughout winter.

Bask in the Warmth With W.L. Staton

With our simple guide, you’ve mastered the art of lighting a pilot light on a furnace. Remember, if you ever feel unsure or encounter persistent issues, it’s best to consult with the professional HVAC technicians at W.L. Staton. Stay warm, Central Maryland!

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