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Common Furnace Pilot Light Problems

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There have been a number of advancements made in furnaces over the past few decades that allow newer systems to work better than ever. Some of these advancements have even eliminated certain common problems that used to plague older systems.

One such example of this is the switch from traditional standing pilot lights to electronic ignitions.

But many homes still have furnaces with traditional pilot lights, and owners of these systems should be aware of the problems that pilot lights can develop. Today were going to talk about common furnace pilot light problems that occur in older heating systems and why you should consider installing a system that uses a more efficient ignition system!

What is a traditional pilot light?

When natural gas is delivered to your furnace, it needs a way to ignite. In older furnaces, a standing pilot light is used for this purpose. A traditional standing pilot light is a small flame that burns constantly inside of your furnace, regardless of whether or not your system is in a heating cycle. When your furnace is ready to begin a heating cycle, the pilot light is used to ignite the burners. After a heating cycle is complete, the pilot light remains lit until the next cycle is ready to begin.

Common problems with traditional standing pilot lights

Consider upgrading to a furnace that uses a more efficient ignition system

Most of the problems listed above are eliminated in newer furnaces due to the transition to electronic ignitions. An electronic ignition lights uses electricity to heat itself up instead of using a gas-powered flame. As a result, an electronic ignition cannot blow out and it is also more efficient because it doesn’t require a gas supply at all times like a traditional pilot light does. If you have an older furnace with a traditional pilot light, especially if your system is experiencing operational problems, consider upgrading to a new system that uses an electronic ignition.

If you have any questions about furnace pilot light problems, or if you’d like a heating system serviced or installed in your home, contact Hydes, your Coachella Valley furnace installation and repair contractor.

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