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Turn switch to pilot,push in wait then press igniter but nothing happens

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Normally, the proceedure is to turn to Pilot, Press & Hold In then press igniter within a few seconds. You should hear a snapping sound as long as you are pressing the igniter button. If not, there is probably an issue with the igniter or even a clogged pilot tube. Neither of these are very expensive repairs, really.

You should contact your gas company or a reputable HVAC or plumbing contractor to get this fixed. Explain the symptoms and ask for a "ball park" price. Realize that unless they can come to the house to diagnose the problem properly, many will not offer a price - or one that they will be obligated to honor - especially if it is not what they expected.

Natural gas and propane leaks are very dangerous and often end badly for those making their own repairs and are not vigilant about checking for leaks.

Good luck!

Posted on Oct 11, 2010

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