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Old 04-07-2009, 07:51 AM   #1
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Furnace Pilot Won't Light

I'm taking my '67 Overlander out this coming weekend, and since it's so cold and rainy, I decided to check out my furnace. I couldn't get the pilot to light. (Thinking back, the only time I tried to use it last year, it also wouldn't light.) Any suggestions? I can bring my little electric heater, but it sure would be nice to have the gas one too, just in case.
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has it ever worked?

got gas? are you sure?

I find that mine is always slow to light...probably because its used so seldomly, but it seems to take quite a while for all the air to purge out of the gas line. It helps to have a stove burner going.

When you attempt to light it...what do you see? is there any air coming out at all, blowing the flame on the match/lighter?
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Old 04-07-2009, 08:46 AM   #3
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What I did

I like your choice of trailers.

I had the problem too. I cleaned the unit first...very well. Then I found out that the problem still was there. Then I found out that if I moved the temp
selector to a high flow setting when I released the pilot button it would remain lit and the furnace would work OK. If that does not work...check/replace the thermostat. Thats all in my 66. The Clipper is electric only.....I like it better.
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The thermostat has nothing to do with the pilot operation.
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has it ever worked?

got gas? are you sure?

I find that mine is always slow to light...probably because its used so seldomly, but it seems to take quite a while for all the air to purge out of the gas line. It helps to have a stove burner going.

When you attempt to light it...what do you see? is there any air coming out at all, blowing the flame on the match/lighter?
Yes, I've used the furnace every year, prior to last, so I know that it works. I definately have gas. I had the stove burner on immediately before. I will try it again with the burner going. I was using my torch, as I do for the fridge, but tried it with a match as well. The match wouldn't last long enough. The pilot never comes on.
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Chuck, thanks so much!! I lighted one of the stove burners, and then tried again, and the pilot lit immediately.

Since it's snowing here today, I really appreciate the help. I wasn't looking forward to just the Pelonis furnace for the weekend!! Gail
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IS it Possible that this furnace has a thermocouple. Thermocouple's go bad. Its a simple operation to replace it. But U must heat the themo-couple before the gas will flow to the burner. Its a safety thing.
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Yep...I meant thermocouple not thermostat.
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ok, yeah...but still, the thermocouple allows the pilot to "stay lit"; it doesn't enable it to light in the first place.
in any case, it sounds like its fixed.

w/ my pilots, (hot water, and furnace...fridge is newer, w/ electronic ignition), I couldn't use a torch, or anything torch-like. They blow too hard, and blow the flame right off of the orifice. I had a couple of these stick-lighters that were like that...like a mini-blow torch. they don't work. or at least, they're very hard to get to work...have to hold it in just the right spot to get the little trickle of gas to ignite, without blowing it out. I find that it takes a gentle, candle-like flame to easily get the pilots to light.
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Chuck--I always use the torch for the fridge and the hot water heater, and have never had a problem. I had been wondering if what you are describing with the torch was happening with the furnace pilot light. The problem with this furnace, though, is that the access hole is tiny and the pilot is quite deep, so a match doesn't work. I thought of using a fireplace match. What's the best lighter to use? Gail
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Chuck--I always use the torch for the fridge and the hot water heater, and have never had a problem. I had been wondering if what you are describing with the torch was happening with the furnace pilot light. The problem with this furnace, though, is that the access hole is tiny and the pilot is quite deep, so a match doesn't work. I thought of using a fireplace match. What's the best lighter to use? Gail
Look for a lighter that you can adjust the flame and turn it down. As Chuck said , it takes awhile to purge the air out of the line , especially the first time in the season . The tube that feeds the pilot is very small and can get partially clogged over time . If you can get to it take it off and run a thin wire thru it , something like floural wire works good.
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I just use one of these...

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Furnace ran great all weekend!

Thanks for all the help. My furnace ran great all weekend. I had to relight it once, and there was no problem. It was really cold at night, and we were really glad to have such an efficient furnace.......
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