Most residencies and business have a traditional water heater which is comprised of a tank heated by gas or electric. There are several components to these water heaters that must be in working order for the proper temperature and volume to be maintained for your building or personal needs. One of the primary components for conventional water heaters is the pilot light.
Water heater pilot lights are used to burn the gas underneath the tank of water to heat the water. It’s a tiny flame that keeps the gas in check so you don’t have the gas spreading through the house. Water heaters are designed to shut off the gas if the pilot light ever goes out or is extinguished. This is why they can be the leading cause of cold water instead of hot water in your shower. Most of the time, this issue can be resolved by simply manually re-lighting the pilot light. That is, if you can readily gain access as sometimes it is concealed behind a panel or other means. It is recommended that if your pilot light ever goes out and you’re having trouble re-lighting it, to call in our professional service plumbers at Inland Empire Plumbing to facilitate a proper assessment and service.
There are two types of pilot lights that you potentially might deal with, an older style that must be lit with a match or lighter, and the newer ones that have an ignitor. The main sign that your pilot light may have recently gone out is a lack of hot water in the house. As soon as a pilot light is extinguished, the gas is shut off and no more water is heated.
There are various reasons a pilot light might get blown out. You could’ve had an interruption in your gas flow, a gust of wind could’ve potentially reached the flame and snuffed it out, or utility work has been done that turned off your gas temporarily. Regardless of the cause, however, a re-light is usually pretty simple in these cases. However, if your pilot light will not stay lit, and you’re having trouble getting a consistent flame, you might have bigger issues.
A lot of times a simple re-lighting of the pilot light isn’t working to give you the unhindered water heating that your home or building needs. There are a few common issues that you might be a victim of, including a defective or broken thermocouple. A thermocouple is the sensor that shuts down the gas flow when there is no heat being exuded from the pilot light. So as soon as the pilot light goes out, the gas is stopped. If you have a defective or broken thermocouple then lighting a pilot light won’t have the effect it needs to keep your water heater running smoothly. Other times your water heater might need replaced if it’s not giving enough output for needs. Get in touch with our professional plumbers at Inland Empire Plumbing to for pilot light service and repair.