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6 Reasons to Turn Off Your Pilot Light During the Summer

Posted by Chris Howe on

 

Aside from saving on your gas bill, what are some other reasons to turn your fireplace pilot off during Summer? This short article will give you some reasons to think twice about that little blue flame in your fireplace.

 

6 Reasons To Turn Off Your Pilot Light During The Summer

 

1. Extended Use

All fireplaces have a heat sensor that has a limited life expectancy. It often comes in the form of a thermocouple or thermopile. Turning the pilot off will sustain the usability of the sensor.

2. Myth Debunked

Contrary to the popular myth, pilot lights do not keep a fireplace dry. The pilot does not generate a lot of heat, certainly not enough to keep both the chimney and the appliance dry.

3. Corrosion

A constant pilot lit under cooler conditions may cause condensation to form on the inside of the fireplace. The condensation is acidic and will eventually corrode the metal parts contained in the fireplace.

4. Hazy Glass

Keeping a pilot lit actually produces a minimal amount of by-products called creosote which quickly condense on the glass leaving behind that white residue that gas fireplace owners despise. This white substance often requires a special cleaner to remove.

5. Wasted Gas

Often times up to 20,000 BTUs of gas per day is consumed for no reason. Although this may equate to pennies on the dollar, it adds up over time.

6. Moths

Believe it or not, moths are attracted to the heat and light produced by a pilot light burning in a dark fireplace. They finagle their way into the fireplace through the outside vent. Fireplaces end up becoming a gravesite for sometimes hundreds of moths.

What to Do

Turning off your fireplace pilot light often requires a turn of the valve knob. Although there are a plethora of valves on the market, most of them function the same. There is always an off setting on the control valve. Most of the time turning the knob to the off position should do the trick. If you are unsure how to do this, the emergency shut off should work as well. (Refer to your owner manual or lighting instructions for further safety and information).

Keep in mind that turning off a pilot light can make it more difficult to re-light during the cold season. As the appliance sits in a dormant state, air gets trapped in the gas line. Simply hold your hand on the valve knob to push some of the air out.


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