In gas-powered models, the pilot light plays a critical role in efficient furnace operation, and as a result the entire heating system. If a pilot light won’t stay lit or isn’t lit at all, it could spell big trouble for your family, and heating repair in Colorado, CO will become an immediate necessity.
Things that could go wrong
There are several reasons why a pilot light might go out, and if you notice any of these issues, you should call a professional to come and take a closer look. If the pilot light is lit, but you notice that the flame is burning a dull yellow and not the bright blue that marks an efficient flame, there might be a ventilation issue. If the pilot light opening is located in the direct line of a down draft, or in an area where something is blocking sufficient airflow to the flame, you can expect to have a hard time keeping the flame lit.
Another common reason why a pilot light experiences problems is due to issues with the thermocouple. When working as intended, the thermocouple will trigger the gas valve to shut off when the flame goes out or is functioning inefficiently, subsequently terminating the power to the furnace. If the position of the thermocouple has shifted and the sensors aren’t able to register that the pilot light has been reignited, no gas will be released even if the pilot light is fine. Since the thermocouple has to be in a direct line with the path of the flame, it will need to be readjusted or may need to be replaced altogether. It is always best to call in a professional if you are uncomfortable making this adjustment safely.
What do you do if this becomes a continuous problem?
The best way to make sure that not only your pilot light but your entire heating system is ready for the winter months is to have a professional perform annual furnace maintenance. During this maintenance, your entire furnace will be cleaned, the filters will be cleaned and replaced if necessary, any leaks will be investigated and the entire unit will be tested for proper operation. This maintenance will get you through the entire winter, and if there are any potential problems, they will be addressed well before the cold weather hits.
Another way to ensure that you won’t have to deal with pilot light issues in the future is by upgrading your entire heating system to an energy efficient model that includes an electric ignitor in lieu of the gas pilot light. Not only will you be able to avoid the headache that comes with pesky pilot lights, but you will also be saving money yearly due to the increased efficiency of your whole system.
If you have to relight your pilot light more than one time, it is a sign that there may be a deeper underlying issue, and you should seek heating repair in Colorado Springs, CO right away. Call BullsEye Plumbing Heating & Air this fall to make sure that your furnace and heating system are ready in time for winter.