High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

Troubleshooting Gas Furnace Ignition Problems

Industrial & Manufacturing Blog

Few things are as cozy as firing up your furnace on the first chilly day of fall. But what happens when you flip that switch and nothing happens? If you would like to be able to diagnose common problems on your own, read on. This article will present a troubleshooting guide for furnaces that won't ignite.

The Pilot Light

In one way or another, the pilot light is at the base of almost all gas furnace ignition problems. The best place to start is the simplest: checking to make sure that the pilot light is actually lit. In order to do this, you'll need to remove the access panel. It is important to be aware, however, that if you smell gas fumes you should never attempt to perform a repair. Wait a few minutes and see if the fumes have dissipated. If not, your problem may require professional intervention.

Lighting The Pilot

The access panel is commonly found below the gas control knob. Once the panel is removed, look inside; if you see a flame, then the pilot is lit. If there is no flame present, then relighting the pilot may be enough to solve your problem. First, however, you must turn the gas valve off completely. Then, using either a long match or a long stem lighter, hold a flame above the pilot orifice, while moving the control knob into the position marked "pilot."

Pilot Won't Light

If you're unable to get the pilot light lit again, there are two potential causes: a clog in the pilot orifice, or a closed gas pipe valve. To check for a clog, begin by turning the control valve back to the off position. Then take a look at the pilot hole to see if it has become plugged by debris. Depending on the layout of your furnace, you may need to utilize a hand mirror to get a good look. If the hole seems clogged, use either a thin piece of wire or an unbent paper clip to carefully clear away any debris.

It may also be the case that your gas pipe valve is closed. This valve controls the flow of gas into your furnace. Many people choose to close the valve once warm weather rolls around, and then forget to open it back up next winter. Be sure to check that the valve is open--and also correctly adjusted.

Bottom Line

There's no doubt about it--certain furnace ignition issues require a skilled professional to fix. Others, however, you may be able to handle on your own. Either way, knowing how to troubleshoot common problems is a valuable skill. The tips provided above should help you identify and fix some basic issues. 

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20 February 2015