How To Light a Pilot Light on a Furnace

February 5, 2020

Have you ever turned on your thermostat but realized your furnace is not working? In some cases, the problem can be as simple as your pilot light. Even a gentle draft can be enough to blow out some pilot lights, so it is a good idea to learn how to fix this issue. Knowing how to light your furnace’s pilot light will ensure you do not get stuck in freezing weather without a working furnace.

Get to Know Your Furnace

Of course, the very first thing you should do is read your furnace’s instructions. This will help you learn all the quirks of your specific machine. You can also use the manual to find out where your pilot light, the pilot switch and all necessary components are on the machine.

Turn Off Your Furnace

After locating the furnace switch, turn it to the “off” position. Then wait at least five minutes before bringing any open flame near the furnace. This step is very important because it keeps you from accidentally starting a fire or explosion.

Re-Light the Light

After five minutes, turn your furnace knob or switch to the “pilot” setting. Then, press and hold the “reset” button while you bring a flame to the pilot light opening. Once it is lit, release the “reset” button. If the pilot light goes out again, check for any surrounding drafts and retry. If it still goes out, this means something else is wrong. You will need to contact Accurate Heating & Cooling in East Peoria, IL, for our furnace repair services.

As you can see, relighting a furnace is often a very easy fix. However, if the problem is something other than your pilot light, it is a good idea to get help from the professionals. Accurate Heating & Cooling‘s licensed technicians are trained in repairing all sorts of types of gas furnaces. We can also help with many other things, such as heating and cooling installations and maintenance. Get help with all your HVAC needs by calling now.