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Furnace pilot flame high, maybe melting something in furnace?

amccouramccour Member Posts: 5
Recently moved into an apartment, was looking at the pilot light the other day, and I noticed that it was yellow and pretty high which I understand is an issue in and of itself. Looking at it again, it also kind of looks like it's... burning or melting something off of a round piece above it.

I'm putting in a work order with property management for this, but I'm not very familiar with gas furnaces and was wondering if anyone might have an idea what's going on here. Is this actually a problem? What additional details would I want to mention beyond the pilot light looking strange?


  • HVACNUTHVACNUT Member Posts: 3,282
    Post a pic using the flash. Cant really see what that is. It almost looks like two pilot assemblies. I can barely make out what looks to be a thermocouple attached to the bottom assembly but I cant see the top piece too well.
  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 6,950
    The pilot is dirty and needs cleaning and maybe an adjustment
  • amccouramccour Member Posts: 5

    Sorry for the poor quality -- not exactly sure how to get the access panel off so I had to take this through the slats. Hopefully the lighting is better in this one.
  • HVACNUTHVACNUT Member Posts: 3,282
    @EBEBRATT-Ed nailed it. The pilot flame should be just 'licking' the burner tube. The assembly needs to be cleaned and/or adjusted. Make sure they dont drag their feet getting to the repair.
  • amccouramccour Member Posts: 5
    edited June 2019
    They cleaned the pilot assembly and replaced the, er, spigot? for the pilot. The flame is the right size, pointing in the right direction, and mostly blue.

    However, I am noticing that it's still got a lot of... intermittent, sparky yellow streaks in it, and it's making a crackling noise. Any idea what that might be?
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