If you have an older gas furnace, it uses something called a pilot light to effectively heat your home. The pilot light is a small flame that stays lit 24/7 and is used to ignite the system’s burners. When the pilot light goes out or fails to properly ignite the system, your furnace will not produce heat. If your pilot light is out, use the following steps to restore your furnace to working order.

Keep in mind that every furnace is slightly different, so these directions may vary based on your particular model. If possible, try to find directions for your specific unit either in your owner’s manual or inside the furnace’s door cover.

  1. Make sure the thermostat in your home is set to “Heat” and turn it up to a temperature high enough that it will force the furnace to turn on.
  2. Go to your furnace and find the pilot valve; this will be located near the gas burners and usually has a knob that reads “on”, “pilot”, and “off”.
  3. Turn the knob to “off” and wait three minutes for any residual gas to clear away.
  4. Turn the knob to “pilot”.
  5. Light the pilot. It can be difficult to reach in some models, so using a long fireplace match or BBQ grill lighter is recommended.
  6. If the pilot doesn’t stay lit, contact a local heating system repair service.

If you live in southwest Connecticut and your pilot light won’t stay lit, you can count on the services of Santa Energy to keep you warm. Our customers have access to 24/7 emergency support and a team of certified technicians to serve them – just call 800-937-2682 for more information.

Reference: About.com

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