Adjusting the Pilot Flame
The worry here is that when a pilot goes out, the gas valve that supplies the fuel for the pilot flame could still be pumping gas. This can mean a buildup of gas, and when the pilot is relit or relights itself it could result in a very serious explosion.
One may also ask, can a pilot light flame be adjusted? Adjusting the Pilot Flame If the pilot flame is too small, you may be able to make it larger by turning the pilot adjustment screw on the valve control counterclockwise with a screwdriver to open it. The cause of a weak flame may also be an obstruction in the pilot tube.
Accordingly, what do you do when your pilot light goes out?
- Locate the pilot light assembly, including the gas valve with “On,” “Off,” and “Pilot” settings, and pilot reset button.
- Rotate the valve to the “Off” position, and wait several minutes.
Can you get carbon monoxide poisoning from a pilot light?
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced during burning fuel. It doesn’t leak from a pilot light that’s gone out, but if the light keeps going out even after you relight the pilot, it can indicate that you have other problems.
Does gas turn off when pilot goes out?
It should be turned off, and must be turned off to allow the pilot to be relighted, but there is a safety feature in gas appliances that if the pilot light goes out, a heat operated valve cools off and shuts the gas supply to the pilot light and the main burner.
How do you check if your pilot light is out?
The pilot gas line is a small metal tube below the burner assembly and distinctive by the slight upturn at the end. It will be apparent, if the pilot is lit, by the small blue flame burning at the end. If you do not see a small blue flame burning, the pilot light is out.
What causes the pilot light to go out?
Usually, a problem with the thermocouple causes the pilot light to go out. The thermocouple is the small copper rod that the pilot light hits. That’s important because gas is always being supplied to the pilot to keep the flame lit. But if the pilot flame goes out, then the gas would still be released.
Should the pilot light always be on?
At the same time, that pilot light is burning off the gas and preventing the poisonous fumes from entering your home. Some pilot light tubes have automatic shut-offs if the flame goes out, but not all of them do, so each and every pilot light in the home should be routinely checked to make sure it is always on.
How do you relight a pilot light?
Relight the pilot light. Turn the knob to “Pilot,” and let gas to flow to the pilot. Light a lighter or match, then push in the reset button. Hold your flame to the pilot light’s opening. Keep the reset switch depressed until the pilot light is burning steadily.
What does a thermocouple look like?
The thermocouple looks like a piece of metal tubing smaller than a soda straw. To find it, first locate the gas control box. This is the box that the main gas line enters, where you turn the gas on in the furnace. The other end of the thermocouple sits in the flame of the pilot light.
How much does it cost to replace a thermocouple?
Thermocouple Replacement – $20-$150 Calling a professional plumber to install a new thermocouple should only be up to $150. If you do the work yourself, you will only pay the price of the part which is about $20.
Why does my pilot light go out when I release the pilot light knob?
The most likely of those is that the thermocouple needs to be replaced. The button you press to light the pilot bypasses the thermocouple. When you release the button, the thermocouple ensures that unburned gas doesn’t get released by shutting off the gas when it’s not heated by the burning pilot light.
Is it normal to smell gas after pilot?
If you think you smell gas and you have gas utilities, be safe. Note that it is totally normal on automatic pilots (pilots that do NOT stay lit all the time) to smell a little natural gas when the are first turned on. A little gas will escape as the pilot and burners light on your heat or appliance.
Is it safe to light a pilot light?
Yes, it is safe to light a pilot light with a gas lighter. If you are trying to relight the pilot light, before turning the knob to the pilot position, wait for some time until the gas smell goes away. If you follow these instructions, it is safe to light a pilot light using gas lighter.
Where do I locate the pilot light?
Locate the pilot valve body, which is box shaped and has a knob to control the gas flow to the furnace and is usually mounted at the base of the furnace at the front.
Can you clean a thermocouple?
If the Thermocouple is faulty it will cause the unit to shut down. How to clean? Remove Thermocouple from pilot assembly, using steel wool or emery cloth to lightly clean the tip removing any soot or build up that might have accorded due to an improper pilot flame.
How do you restart a gas furnace?
Once the gas has had time to dissipate, turn the knob to “Pilot.” Then, hold down the “Reset” button and bring the flame of a long lighter close to the pilot light opening. This should light the furnace pilot light. Once you are sure the pilot light is on, release your pressure on the reset button.