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Re: pilot light won't stay lit

Posted By: Tony Snook
Wednesday, 14 February 2001, at 6:53 p.m.

In Response To: Re: pilot light won't stay lit (tony)

As the previous response said, you may have a draft that's blowing the pilot out. If that's not the case, here's how a pilot light works. The small flame heats a bulb which is on the end of a cappilary tube. The other end of the tube is attached to the main controller. This buld has to be hot or the gas will be shut off for safety purposes. If the bulb is not in direct or near direct contact with the pilot flame, the pilot will not stay lit. Also if there is soot build up around the pilot orifice, the flame may not keep the bulb hot enough to stay lit. It should be a simple matter to look at the pilot light and see if the area around it is dirty or if the pilot flame is too small to keep the bulb hot. The reason you have to push a button in and hold it for a few seconds when lighting the pilot is to bypass the safety long enough to heat the bulb. If cleaning or repositioning the bulb doesn't do the trick, the bulb and cappilary tube are bad. Replacement of the tube is the only option.

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