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What To Do If Your Pilot Light Keeps Going Out

If your boiler features a pilot light, it should maintain a continuous flame to ignite the gas and provide heating and hot water.

However, if your boiler pilot light keeps going out, it can disrupt the proper functioning of your appliance.

At Warmable, we understand the importance of a reliable pilot light and are here to help you troubleshoot and resolve any issues you encounter. If you find you are unable to fix your pilot light problems, get in touch with us today and we can connect you quickly to an expert engineer for emergency boiler repairs.

What Do I Do If My Pilot Light Keeps Going Out?

What Are The Common Reasons My Pilot Light Won't Stay Lit?

Exposed to Drafts

If your boiler is positioned in a draughty area, the pilot light may struggle to stay lit. Draughts from windows or under doors can cause instability, leading to frequent extinguishing.

Dirty Pilot Light Orifice

A build-up of dirt on the pilot light orifice can prevent it from holding a flame. Instead of a bright blue flame, a dirty orifice may produce a weak yellow or orange flame that continuously extinguishes itself.

Faulty Gas Regulator

A malfunctioning gas regulator outside your home can disrupt the gas flow to your appliances, including the gas boiler, leading to pilot light issues. Check other gas appliances to identify any irregularities.

Faulty or Broken Thermocouple

The thermocouple, also known as the flame sensor, detects if the pilot light is lit and shuts off the gas valve if it goes out. Over time, the thermocouple can wear out and require replacement.

Pilot Light Keeps Going Out?

Don’t wait until a problem arises – schedule your annual boiler service with Warmable today. Our straightforward process makes it easy to get the service you need. Fill in our application form now!

How Do I Relight My Boiler Pilot Light?

Relighting a Manual Pilot Light:

  • Turn off the gas supply and wait for 10-15 minutes to allow any gas fumes to dissipate.
  • Access the pilot light by removing the boiler cover or panel.
  • Set the gas control knob to the “pilot” position and press it down to let gas flow.
  • Use a long-reach lighter or match to ignite the pilot light while continuing to press the knob.
  • Hold the knob for a minute, then release it. The pilot light should now remain lit with a steady blue flame.

Relighting an Automatic Pilot Light:

  • Turn off the boiler at the electrical switch or breaker panel to cut off the power supply.
  • Remove the boiler cover or panel to access the pilot light area.
  • Locate the gas control knob on the boiler and set it to the “off” position.
  • Wait for about 10-15 minutes to allow any gas fumes to disperse.
  • Turn the gas control knob to the “on” position while holding down the knob, which will ignite the pilot light automatically.

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What Should I Do If the Pilot Light Won’t Stay Lit?

If the manual or automatic pilot light doesn’t stay lit after multiple attempts, turn off the gas control knob and contact a Gas Safe registered engineer for professional assistance. Trying to fix complex boiler issues without the necessary expertise can be hazardous and may cause further damage.

A professional inspection by a qualified heating engineer or technician is a critical step when your boiler’s pilot light continues to go out despite troubleshooting efforts. Here’s why it’s essential:

  1. Expertise and Experience: Heating engineers and technicians are trained and experienced in working with boiler systems. They have a deep understanding of the complex components and can identify issues that may not be obvious to the average homeowner.
  2. Safety Assurance: Gas boilers, in particular, involve potentially dangerous components and gas connections. A professional ensures that safety protocols are followed during inspection, minimizing the risk of gas leaks or other hazards.
  3. Comprehensive Diagnosis: A qualified technician can conduct a thorough examination of your boiler system, checking for problems beyond the pilot light. They can assess the condition of components like the gas valve, ignition system, and controls, which may contribute to pilot light issues.
  4. Proper Tools and Parts: Professionals have access to specialized tools and replacement parts, ensuring that any necessary repairs or replacements are done correctly and efficiently.
  5. Manufacturer Recommendations: Heating engineers often have access to manufacturer-specific training and information, allowing them to adhere to recommended maintenance and repair procedures, which can help maintain warranties.
  6. Regulatory Compliance: Many regions have regulations and safety standards for gas appliances. Professionals are well-versed in these regulations and can ensure your boiler meets all necessary compliance requirements.

Trust Warmable for Reliable Boiler Solutions

At Warmable, we take pride in providing fast and efficient solutions for all your boiler-related concerns. Our extensive network of Gas Safe registered engineers ensures that you receive trusted professionals to handle any boiler issue. Whether you need pilot light repairs or simply an annual boiler service, we’ve got you covered.

Don’t let a troublesome pilot light disrupt your comfort. Contact Warmable today for prompt assistance and reliable boiler services. Our team is ready to assist you with same-day or next-day visits, ensuring your boiler is back in perfect working condition in no time.

If you’re unsure whether your boiler pilot light issues require attention, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly team. We are committed to offering the best boiler services across all counties, connecting you with specialist engineers who will efficiently resolve any boiler-related problems.

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