Is your furnace only blowing out cold air instead of the warm air you’re needing? If so, don’t worry! Monroe Heating & Air can help. Most times, when a furnace starts doing this, it’s because the pilot light has gone out. This is a common problem that happens every now and again, so we have created a step-by-step guide to show you how easy it is to relight your pilot light. With our help, you’ll be able to get your home warm and cozy in no time!
WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO RELIGHTING A FURNACE’S PILOT LIGHT?
- First, check your furnace manufacturer’s instructions to see if they have specific relighting steps for your model. Usually, there is a label with these directions in an accessible and well-lit spot on the side of the unit. If not, follow the general guidance below instead.
- Start by checking that your lighter has a long enough reach to access the pilot light.
- Then, take off the burner cover on your furnace and set it aside.
- Our fourth step is to turn your system completely off at its base by finding the switch labeled “off/on” and flipping it to the off position.
- After powering your furnace down, it’s also important to shut off the gas supply to your furnace. Luckily, the gas valve should be located nearby. Take note, it’s important to wait five minutes after turning off the furnace for the gas to disperse. If you don’t, you could unintentionally injure yourself or harm your home. During your wait, locate where your pilot light assembly is situated.
- When a minimum of five minutes have ticked by, initiate the relighting process by turning the knob/switch to “pilot.” Then press and hold down the “reset” button. While keeping the “reset” button held down, with the ignited lighter in your other hand, slowly approach the pilot light opening until you see the pilot flame catch igniting from the end of your lighter’s flame. Be careful not to get too close, though! Your pilot light should now remain lit, and you can let go of the “reset” button.
- Give your furnace some time to back heat up.
- One thing you don’t want to forget is to turn the gas supply back on.
- And last of all, be sure you return the burner cover back to its original spot!
SHOULD I REPLACE THE THERMOCOUPLE TO GET MY PILOT LIGHT FUNCTIONING?
If the pilot light won’t come on after following these steps, or perhaps it is snuffing out upon release of the “reset” button, it is probably because of a broken thermocouple or another system-related fault. Unless you’re an HVAC technician with a license, we advise against trying to fix it yourself. Our NATE-certified technicians will be happy to come out and take a look at what’s wrong. So, give us a call!
If you’re having pilot light issues, don’t hesitate to give us a call. One of our certified Monroe Heating & Air professionals will be more than happy to come out and take care of the problem for you. You shouldn’t have to suffer in your home, so let us provide a solution that will leave you both content and comfortable. Call us for all your HVAC needs at (513) 540-4890, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!