How to Check a Pilot Light on a Furnace

In a cold winter, there is nothing worse than a broken furnace. Nobody wants to see their own breath indoors. HVAC issues are no joke and can make life very uncomfortable. If your furnace won’t turn on, there is a good chance you need to light it. To be sure, you need to check. It’s easy to do with the right know-how, and diagnosing the problem is half the battle. Learn how to check a pilot light on a furnace in a few easy steps.

Steps to Checking a Furnace Pilot Light

checking the pilot light on a furnace
  1. Locate the panel cover on the furnace.
  2. Remove it. It should come off easily, but a screwdriver might be necessary.
  3. Look for the burner, and near it, you will find a little blue flame. It should be easy to see if it is indeed lit. If you don’t see the flame, then you can safely diagnose the problem and set about lighting the pilot.

Note: If the flame is not blue, there is a problem, and you should probably contact a professional.

If you do not know how to light a pilot light, we have a helpful article that will show you the steps to getting the job done with ease.

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