How to avoid the perils of a pilot light.
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If you have a gas-burning heating system, you have a pilot light. Modern systems normally have an electronic ignition that automatically fires up when you turn on the heat. Older models might still have pilot lights that need to be relit in preparation for winter.
While most experts advise homeowners to have HVAC professionals clean the unit and light the pilot all in one seasonal service call, there may be occasions when your light goes out in the middle of the night. Without the light, you have no heat.
In those instances, most people will try lighting the pilot themselves. If you find yourself needing to tackle that task, please follow the instruction provide by the manufacturer or from a reputable source.
To get your heating unit running strong and pumping out the heat this winter, contact your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® service center and schedule a preventative maintenance service to clean your system, check for any safety concerns and be sure your pilot light is started properly.
If you choose to start your system and your pilot light won't stay lit, has a weak flame or is orange and without a strong blue color, you need a professional to service your system. Shut off your heater at the thermostat or power switch, be sure the gas turns off, and contact your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® service center for service.