A Pilot Light Can Spell Disaster
The furnace pilot light is a major problem for those of us that live in an older home. It’s bad enough that we have to worry about a gas-powered furnace, but we have to worry about a pilot light as well? It is not good to have to deal with the cold months and the condensation building up on the inside of your furnace. You can’t breathe well enough in your house if it has condensation on the inside of your home. The best thing you can do for your home is to get a new furnace, and getting rid of the pilot light should be a top priority.
The pilot light is located above the furnace where you would typically hook it up. It is sometimes necessary to have the pilot light replaced, but most often than not, it is not. You can contact a local furnace technician that will come out and have a look at the pilot light. If it is not deemed as a life threat, then you may not have to replace it. Most newer furnaces have an automatic shutdown mechanism that kicks in and shuts down the pilot light when the fuel source has run out. This is a wonderful feature, but it is also a security feature. If you have the door open and someone gets to the door, they cannot turn the faucet on because the pilot light will shut off automatically.
If you have just installed a new furnace or are thinking about it, you may want to think about how you are going to run up the price of your new furnace. Replacing your pilot light can easily cost more than the furnace. It is a small cost to make, but it is definitely a cost you want to consider before you purchase that new furnace.