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About Jim Locksley

One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Furnace Pilot Igniting Too Slow? What Can Cause This

by Mike Brewer

If the pilot light on your furnace is taking longer to ignite, there are a few possible causes of why this is happening. In some cases, you can take care of this problem yourself. Follow the tips below so you can have a warm house when it gets cold outside.

Gas Valve

One problem your furnace may be having is the gas valve malfunctioning. When this valve turns on, it is supposed to release gas when you turn the furnace on. If it does not, the gas valve may have rust built up on it, or dirt and debris may have accumulated. Either of these things interferes with how quickly gas is released from the valve. You may see dust or rust on the nuts and bolts of the valve. If so, use a pencil eraser to try to clean it. If the pilot is still igniting too slow, there may be more dirt, debris, or rust than you see. Turn the furnace off until you get this repaired or replaced.

Gas Line

There is a gas line that connects to your furnace, and it may not be securely connected. The line could also have a crack in it. You will likely smell gas around the furnace if you are having this problem. If you notice either of these problems with your gas line, turn off the furnace immediately until the problem is resolved, as this can be dangerous for you and your family.

Gas Pressure

If the gas pressure is not correct, it will cause this problem. You can check the pressure yourself. Before you start, refer to your furnace owner's manual to see what the correct pressure should be. This is important, as it should never be above the recommended amount. Make sure pressure valve knob is turned on. Check the manometer to see what the current pressure is.

If the pressure is not correct, remove the cap that covers the pressure regulator screw to adjust it in the downward or upward position until it is at the right pressure.

If you are having problems doing this, the owner's manual for your furnace should give you step by step instructions.

If you are still having problems with your furnace igniting too slowly, call a contractor to fix this problem for you. Getting proper maintenance to your furnace can prevent future problems. If you ever have to replace it, a new furnace can cost up to $8.000, along with the cost of installation. To learn more, visit a website like http://www.customcomfortinc.com/.