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Utah to outlaw standing pilots
The State of Utah's air quality agency has announced plans to outlaw standing pilots in an effort to reduce NOx emissions. This is just another example of the government hurting industry and business. This will affect fireplaces, water heaters, pool heaters and virtually anything with a std. pilot. They are also planning on asking the public to voluntarily to shut off pilots when not in use. This will undoubtedly result in an increase in service calls. Techs will have to choose between stocking more OEM parts versus resorting to universal TCs and pilots that can affect the dropout rate, cause delayed igntions and explosions and void the warranty and listing of the appliance.
There are other examples of our gov't regulating certain 'low hanging fruit' out of existence so this is but one example but it is a movement that is gaining and coming to you soon.