Posted: October 5, 2015
Posted by: SOS Xtreme Comfort
Many propane appliances, especially older models, have a feature called a pilot light. A pilot light is a small flame inside the device that is lit at all times. This flame is used to restart the main burner and prevent gas leaks. If you have a newer appliance, don’t panic if you don’t see a pilot light. Many new devices use electric ignitions in place of pilot lights.
Pilot lights will occasionally go out. It can be caused by something easily resolved, such as running out of propane or turning off the gas. However, if it needs to be relighted more than once per season, it should be inspected by a qualified service technician.
When the pilot light goes out, it does not leak carbon monoxide gas. However, if the light goes out frequently there could be other issues. Some of the possible serious reasons for pilot lights to go out include loose or broken gas valves, thermocouples or heat exchangers, faulty venting, low gas pressure or high winds.
If you believe there is a serious problem, don’t hesitate to contact a professional. For residents in PA, NJ, and NY, call the experts at SOS Xtreme Comfort in Milford, PA at (570) 409-3528 and Tuxedo Park at (845) 351-4700 for safe, certified service.
In addition to needing to turn on the pilot light after it goes out unexpectedly, there are times that a homeowner might choose to turn off the pilot light. For these reasons, it is important to know how to relight the pilot light. The process is simple and the instructions can generally be found printed on the furnace in an easily found location.
In order to stay safe, ALWAYS check the manufacturer’s directions and follow them precisely.
Here are some of the basics that you can count on to remain the same regardless of the make and model of your appliances:
If you have run out of propane, then you will need to call and request for a propane delivery immediately. Be sure to call SOS Xtreme Comfort in PA, NJ, and NY for any help that you might need relighting your pilot light or for fast propane delivery.
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Having the pilot light turn off is not automatically cause for panic. If it goes out, follow your manufacturer’s instructions and determine whether relighting it is safe. If relighting is not safe, or if your pilot light keeps going out, call for help from a trained technician.
For any questions on your heating equipment, contact SOS Xtreme Comfort. We specialize in keeping your home comfortable in the winter. Or, give us a call in Milford, PA at (570) 409-3528 and in Tuxedo Park at (845) 351-4700.