My pilot light keeps going out


Pilot lights do go out. Some people even turn them off in the summer but we think this is a bad practice. Every homeowner should know how to light a pilot. It isn't difficult and it is not dangerous. Instructions are usually found printed on the equipment itself. If your pilot goes out more than once a year, there could be a problem. Below is a list of possible causes. Items in blue can be addressed or fixed by the homeowner. Those in red usually require a service call.


  • Gas shut off


  • Loose thermocouple

  • Defective thermocouple

  • Defective gas valve

  • Poor pilot flame-low pressure or blocked orifice

  • High winds or down drafts


Hope this has been of some assistance, however they are just rough guidelines and not all possible conditions are covered.



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Excerpts of the preceding information have been compiled by Hannabery HVAC, which has graciously permitted us to include them on this web site as a service for all homeowners.


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