Without pilot lights, some comfort accessories wouldn’t be possible.
Pilot lights help make some comfort accessories work properly, such as your water heater, furnace and stove. But there are a few things you should understand about pilot lights to help you stay safe.
Pilot lights are little flames that are always on. It seems wasteful to burn propane or natural gas all the time, but modern appliances that use pilot lights are very efficient with their propane and natural gas usage. Therefore, turning off your pilot light when you won't use an appliance for an extended period (such as your furnace heater during the spring and summer) won’t provide huge financial savings. But it can provide more than a few bucks in savings each month.
So, if you're really pinching pennies, turning off your pilot light will save a few more. If having to relight the pilot light each year is too much of an inconvenience, don't beat yourself up over the money you'll lose, because it's not that much.
You should do everything you can to avoid letting your pilot light go out. This is because when a pilot light isn’t burning, there’s the potential for propane or natural gas to continue to flow out of the pilot light tubing. Modern appliances should have a failsafe to prevent this from happening, but there's always a chance the failsafe could fail in an unsafe way, resulting in a buildup of dangerous gas in your home or office.
Therefore, if your pilot light goes out unexpectedly, you may want to call a professional to address the problem. There could be an issue with your appliance, such as a faulty thermocouple, but there could also be an issue with the gas flow to the appliance. Whatever the reason, you need to figure it out to avoid the risk of an unlit pilot light releasing gas.
For more information about how to properly maintain a pilot light with your comfort accessories contact our team at Jerry’s Air Conditioning and Heating.