How To Light a Pilot Light on a Furnace

Lighting the pilot light on your furnace can seem impossible if you’ve never done it before. Knowing the proper way to light the pilot light can make turning your furnace on a breeze, however.

1. Examining the Label of Instructions on Your Furnace

Check all over the outside of your furnace for a label that contains instructions. These instructions should help you find where your pilot light is and give you specific information that relates to your brand and model of furnace. You may also see specific instructions there on how to light the pilot light on your furnace. Refer to these steps if at all possible.

If you’re not able to locate these instructions, don’t worry. Contact Johnson & Johnson Heating and Air Conditioning in Martinsburg, WV, and we will do our best to help you get your furnace pilot light lit.

2. Set the Furnace Pilot Light to the “Off” Position

If you can’t locate the instructions, that shouldn’t be a problem. Look near the lower part of your furnace, and you will likely see a button that says “Pilot” or “Off.”

What you want to do is to set that button or dial to “Off.” Next, you want to wait at least 5-10 minutes so that any gas in the area clears out sufficiently. If there is still a little gas, you may have an accidental fire near your furnace.

3. Use a Lighter to Light Your Pilot Light

Finally, turn the dial from “Off” to “Pilot.” Take your lighter and light the pilot light within the pilot opening of your furnace while holding the “Reset” button down. You will see the “Reset” button near the “On/Off/Pilot” button.

After you have lit the pilot light, you can release the “Reset” button.

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