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Why The Color Of Your Furnace’s Pilot Light Matters

In the interest of round-the-year comfort in your home, you need to keep your furnace and air conditioning system in working order. An important step in this process involves checking in on your heating and cooling systems from time to time. Here at Petrocelli Services, we always recommend checking your furnace’s pilot light before moving on to other components. The color of the pilot light is an important indicator of the condition of your furnace, and interpreting it correctly can help you avert serious problems, including carbon monoxide poisoning.

Is your furnace flame yellow?

The pilot flame in a properly functioning furnace should be blue in color. If you see a yellow flame, on the other hand, it probably means that your burner is clogged with dirt.

Why is this important?

Dirt in your burner can result in a range of problems. To begin with, dirt restricts natural gas from mixing with the surrounding air. In its initial stages, this will reduce the efficiency of your furnace, leading to inadequate heating and mounting energy bills. But that’s not all. A yellow furnace flame essentially means that the gas isn’t being completely utilized. If left unattended, this can cause carbon monoxide to start entering your home. A carbon monoxide leak is an emergency situation, and requires immediate action.

If you notice an irregular furnace flame color, call your HVAC repair company immediately. Here at Petrocelli Services, we offer emergency furnace repair services, in addition to HVAC inspection and routine maintenance. Call us with your queries or issues, and we’ll be happy to assist you right away.

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