What to Do If Your Furnace's Pilot Light Is Flickering

What to Do If Your Furnace's Pilot Light Is Flickering

What to Do If Your Furnace's Pilot Light Is Flickering

6 September 2023
Construction & Contractors, Blog

There's nothing quite as concerning as when your furnace isn't working properly, especially in the middle of winter. One of the most common issues people experience is a flickering pilot light. If you notice this problem with your furnace, don't panic. Before reaching out to a professional technician, there are a couple of steps you can take to troubleshoot the issue.

Check Your Gas Supply

Before you start messing around with your furnace, it's important to ensure you have a steady supply of natural gas or propane. If you suspect that your gas line may be the issue, call your gas company immediately. If there is a gas leak, it's important to evacuate your home and wait until a professional can make the repair.

Check Your Pilot Light

The most common cause of a flickering pilot light is a dirty or malfunctioning thermocouple. This compact device is engineered to detect the existence of a flame and maintain the continuous flow of the gas line to your furnace. If you notice that your flame is small or flickering, try cleaning the thermocouple gently with a soft-bristled brush or replace it with a new one.

Replace Your Pilot Light Sensor

If your furnace's pilot light continues to flicker even after cleaning the thermocouple, it may be time to replace the pilot light sensor altogether. This is a simple process that can be done with a few basic tools. Be sure to turn off your furnace and gas supply before starting this repair to avoid any dangerous accidents.

Call in a Technician

If you've tried everything you can think of and your pilot light still won't stay lit, it's time to call in a professional furnace repair technician. With their expertise and specialized tools, they will be equipped to diagnose and resolve any problems that arise with your furnace. The longer you wait to call in a professional, the more potential damage your furnace can suffer. Don't put off this important repair any longer.

Preventative Maintenance
Once you've had your furnace repaired, it's important to schedule regular preventative maintenance to keep it running smoothly. This can include annual inspections, cleanings, and tune-ups. By taking care of your furnace proactively, you can catch and prevent issues before they become major problems.

Dealing with a flickering pilot light can be a frustrating and stressful experience. However, with these troubleshooting tips, you can take control of the situation and get your furnace back up and running in no time. Remember to always put safety first and call in a professional repair technician if you're unsure about any steps. By taking proactive measures, you can avoid potential issues and ensure your home remains warm and cozy throughout the winter season. 

For more info about heating system products, contact a local company. 

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