Safe Family: Pilot lights

By: Josh Stevenson Email
By: Josh Stevenson Email

With cooler weather on the way, it may be time for you to light the pilot on your heater. But with that first ignition also comes hazards, so our Josh Stevenson went to the experts on how to keep your system working safely for today’s Safe Family report.

John Markl of Markl & Sons Cooling and Heating has some simple tips to stay safe before you light you pilot light.

"The filter needs to be changed and check your wires for burned wires or scorched wires or loose wiring," Markl says.

"Again, you want to check your vent pipes and make sure they are not loose or detached because this could put carbon monoxide in your house. Check your gas piping and make sure it’s tight and not leaking."

Once you are sure your system is in good working order, its time to light that pilot.

"Lighting a pilot light is something a homeowner can usually do, but if you have any questions or concerns its better to be safe than sorry, and have it checked out by a licensed contractor""

Always follow the manufacturers instructions for lighting a furnace, which can usually be found printed on the unit, and if you smell gas, shut your gas off and have a qualified person look at it.

By properly maintaining your furnace, Markl says you can rely on safe, efficient heat for years to come

“Keep your filters changed, keep your units clean, dust and dirt free, take care of it like you would take care of a car."

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