If you have used gas heating or have experienced furnace repair before, you probably know that the pilot light is the small flame that lights the larger burner. Pilot lights are a common part of many gas appliance ignition systems like gas fireplaces or gas water heaters (gas furnaces tend to use electrical ignition, but this can vary based on age and models).
Some people prefer to turn their pilot lights off during the summer and back on in the winter to save on money and maintenance. However, if the pilot light is forgotten, and not turned back on—heaters won't work properly. Thus, all you'll get is cold airflow. Proper pilot light functionality is essential to these appliances.
The "relight the pilot light and try again" philosophy works when it comes to minor furnace repairs. However, many homeowners encounter more serious problems. For example, some homeowners find that they can't light the pilot light at all. Some try to light the pilot light but come to find it has gone out again. This indicates something else has gone wrong. Here are some common issues:
Because pilot lights tend to be complicated little systems, save the more serious furnace repairs for our technicians at Ragsdale! We can find out the problem and get your light working again, quickly.