Is it hard to light a pilot light?
It’s not difficult to relight your gas furnace’s pilot light. As with these other appliances, it’s best to check with the manual first, but you can expect the process to be about as simple as it appears here.
Why do I have a weak pilot light?
If your pilot light is burning but has a weak, yellow flame, it is not working efficiently enough. The pilot light flame should be blue, slightly tinged with yellow only at the tip — a sign there is enough heat to warm your water or your home.
How do I know if my pilot light is bad?
The most obvious sign of the failure of a pilot light will be a lack of hot water or warm air since the burner assembly can’t light and do its job of heating these substances. In many systems, a broken pilot light will prevent the appliance from working at all.
Do you smell gas when pilot light goes?
A faint propane smell may not be cause for alarm. It’s normal for a propane odor to linger when lighting a stove, or if the pilot light in a gas fireplace, hot water heater or other appliance goes out.
Can you light a pilot light yourself?
If your pilot light goes out, your furnace will not be able to produce heat because its burners will not ignite. Often, homeowners can relight the pilot themselves.
Is my pilot light too high?
If the flame is blue and weak, and barely reaches the thermocouple, it needs to be stronger. If it extends well above the thermocouple, it’s too strong. If the flame covers the top of the thermocouple and burns steadily with a yellow tip, that’s just about right.
Why won’t my pilot light light on my gas fireplace?
Check Your Igniter and Thermocouple If nothing is blocking the tubing, and gas is flowing out, there might be something wrong with the spark igniter and thermocouple. Make sure there’s no debris lodged between the two. If the pilot light ignites but doesn’t stay lit, you might need to replace the igniter.
How do you know if you have a bad thermocouple?
If you can’t get the flame to light at all, and you’re sure the gas is on, there’s probably an obstruction in the pilot tube. If the flame lights and goes out when you release the gas control knob after holding it in for the recommended 20 to 30 seconds, that’s the sign of a thermocouple malfunction.