Is it a good ideal to turn off the pilot on my bolier for the summer?

Old 06-21-20, 09:03 AM
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Is it a good ideal to turn off the pilot on my bolier for the summer?

I was wondering if I should cut the pilot light off on my old hydro therm HC 165 hot water boiler for the summer. I am a little scared because of the age of my boiler I might cause a new problem just to really save a few bucks. What do you guys think?
Old 06-21-20, 09:26 AM
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I don't have a boiler but I turn off the pilot on our gas stoves during summer and on the water heater when we take extended trips. I've read that a pilot is about 1'000 btu/hour so there's that much gas your burning. Then you need to run the AC a bit more to remove that 24'000 btu per day.
Old 06-21-20, 09:41 AM
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Like every coin, there are two sides to this one. You will save some money on gas but often the little bit of heat from the pilot helps to minimize rust on the flueways of the boiler. This is particularly true where the boiler is in a cool, damp environment.
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