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shut off furnace pilot for summer?? Or not??

Posted by jaansu (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 1, 11 at 23:42

I've had trouble in previous years relighting my gas furnace pilot at the beginning of the season. One year, the device had to be replaced in fact. If I shut off the pilot for the summer, should I do anything that would help successful operation in the fall? Cover it with a baggie or such? Or is the cost of running the pilot so low that I might as well let it burn all summer?


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RE: shut off furnace pilot for summer?? Or not??

If you had multiple furnace, then shutting off pilots would be worthwhile procedure. For one furnace I would think the saving is less than $10 for the whole summer. One pilot replacement negates many summers of no lit pilot.

If the furnace is in a damp basement, then having the pilot on is actually a good thing. The flame keeps the interior of the furnace dry. Don't cover the pilot with a baggie.


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RE: shut off furnace pilot for summer?? Or not??

Thanks Mike, I guess I'll leave it on.


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