pilot light

Old 08-16-06, 09:00 AM
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I have a forced air gas heat furnace with central air.My heat is turned off for about 5-6months during warm part of the year.Is it recommended to leave pilot on or to turn off when heat is not being used?I'm inclined to turn pilot off,but sometime in the past I was told that turning off pilot could cause condensation and rust in furnace burners.
Old 08-16-06, 05:17 PM
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My personal preference is to leave it on for the reasons you stated & often when they are shut down, a spider will decide to make a nest in them. Another problem is thermocouples seem to fail more often when they are allowed to cool. Obviously from an energy stand point, shutting it off will save gas & thus money. If you are willing to put up with the possible downsides, go ahead & turn it off.

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