If you don’t have any heat in your home, it could be a sign of a problem. At the same time, though, the cause of the issue could simply be that your pilot light has gone out. The good news is that you can safely and quickly re-light your pilot light to get your heat going again.
First, if you smell natural gas, you need to get out of the home and call for assistance immediately. Let a professional handle the situation as it could potentially be very dangerous.
For those of you who have your instruction manual handy, you should follow those specific directions. If you can’t find the manual, check online at your furnace manufacturer’s website. If you still can’t find anything, follow the steps below.
Turn off your gas valve. Look for the valve at the bottom of the unit. It will have three positions marked, one of which is “Off.” Turn it off and wait five minutes to allow the gas to disperse.
Next, turn the gas valve to the “Pilot” setting. Near this valve, there will be a button that’s labeled “Reset.” Press and hold this button down while holding a lighter or match up to the pilot light valve. It may take more than a few seconds. Once the pilot ignites, release the “Reset” button.
Finally, turn the gas valve back to the “On” position.
Still Experiencing Trouble?
Manufacturers have purposely designed furnaces so that they’re relatively easy to light. If you’re having difficulties, there could be more issues going on. For instance, a faulty thermocouple could cause your pilot light to repeatedly go out. It could be a wise idea to call on a professional for assistance. At Dog House, we’re available to assist anyone in Freeport, ME, with a heating repair.
Our business has been in the industry since 2010. We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and are available 24 hours a day in case of emergency. We can install units, perform repairs, and do tune-ups on your heating, cooling, and plumbing systems. Give us a call with any questions.