Can I Re-light My Own Furnace?

September 20, 2021
Furnace Maintenance Services in Centerville, UT

When you don’t have any heat, you might start to worry about all the repair work that your furnace will need. Fortunately, sometimes it’s as simple as re-lighting the furnace. If your pilot light has gone out, there will be no way for your furnace to generate heat. The good news is that it’s relatively simple to re-light the furnace. Soon, you’ll get to enjoy a warm home again.

What to Do

First, see if you can find the instruction label on the furnace. The label may be on the side or towards the bottom. Hopefully, there’s enough light for you to read it and the words haven’t worn away.

At High Country HVAC, we’ve been called many times because these instructions can’t be found or aren’t legible anymore. Don’t worry if this is the case for you. Here are general instructions that should work on most furnaces.

Look for the switch that says “Pilot,” “On,” and “Off.” The switch should be towards the bottom of the furnace, and it should be near a “Reset” button. Turn the switch to the “Off” position and wait at least five minutes. Set a timer if you need to. This allows the gas to dissipate.

Then, turn the switch to “Pilot.” Press and hold the “Reset” button down while bringing the flame of a long lighter close to the opening of the pilot light. Once it is lit, extinguish the flame from your lighter, but hold pressure on the “Reset” button for about 30 seconds. Finally, turn the switch to the “On” position.

Need Help?

Following these instructions should allow you to safely re-light your furnace. We all know, though, that unexpected things can happen.

We’re here to assist with heating repair for residents in the Centerville, UT, area, whether the jobs are big or small. We do repair, replacement, and installation of heating and cooling units, and we’ve been in business since 1984. Contact us for more information.

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