Chicago Furnace Repair Company FAQs | How To Light The Pilot Light On Your Furnace
When it comes to heating and cooling equipment, many homeowners often are unaware that there are several things that they can do themselves. Instead of paying a Chicago furnace repair company a service call charge to come out and perform a simple repair, save the money and take care of it yourself. One such DIY repair is lighting a pilot light on a furnace. With a pilot light, time is of the essence. You really don’t want natural gas leaking into your home through the pilot for too long. Even if you are uncomfortable lighting it yourself, you will at least have to turn off the gas while you wait for the service tech to arrive. The fact is, if you are able to shut the gas off, you can light the pilot yourself.
If your furnace is not providing heat, the first thing you should check is your pilot light
Older furnaces use a pilot light. Several things can cause the pilot to go out including drafts and debris. It is important to relight the pilot as soon as you are aware that it is out. Follow the steps below to light the pilot. If the pilot still won’t light, it is time to call a Chicago furnace repair company.
- Locate the pilot on your furnace located near the gas valve and will have a knob with ON / OFF / RESET settings. If the pilot is out, turn the gas valve to the off position and wait 3 to 4 minutes to allow the gas to dissipate. Next, locate your furnace owners manual. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer to light the pilot. If you cannot find your manual, search online for the make and model of your furnace, or follow the basic steps below.
- Using an Aim and Flame butane lighter or a long wooden match and place the flame over the pilot. Turn and depress the pilot reset button until the pilot lights, then turn the pilot to the on position.
- If the pilot will not stay lit, turn the pilot valve off and clean it with a wire and clear it of debris. Follow the above procedure.
When to Call a Chicago Furnace Repair Company
If your pilot won’t light after you have tried the above steps, it is time to contact a Chicago furnace repair company. Turn off the gas to your furnace first, and call Polar Heating and Air Conditioning at 773-295-0890 or click here to schedule a service appointment. You may have a faulty thermocouple or other issue that is preventing your furnace from lighting.