Hi, my first few years with this boiler i left the pilot going in the summer and just never turned it off. Then last year I did a lot of work to the boiler and felt I understood it well enough I could easily shut off the gas in the spring and then restart it in the fall.
However, I just tried to get it started and i ensured gas on, boiler switch is on and I turn the gas control valve to Pilot and depress and it seems no gas is moving. I dont hear gas, I dont smell gas even after holding the button trying to light with a bbq lighter many times.
I'm not sure what I could be doing wrong or what else I should try.... One thing I will mention I noticed the gas valve when I depress t he knob on pilot, if its not in the perfect position it doesnt go in as far, but i did wiggle it until it depressed all the way and it still wouldnt start.
Do I have a bad gas control valve or i noticed some crud on the pilot, could the pilot get clogged after sitting perhaps (would the gas not blow any dust out when its turned on?)
Also, is this a bad idea to normally shut these down (especially old ones that have never shutdown?)
Thanks much guys.
EDIT: i forgot to mention I did shut it down last yeaar to clean the burners and had no issue restarting it then. so i am 99% sure i am doing the procedure correctly. Also the low water cut off red light is OFF so its not that. (it lights up when its too low and off when its good i am 99% sure)
I was thinking of trying to adjust the pilot up a bit to see if that helps..... Should I smell gas if i hold the pilot down for a bit?
Here is a pic of the gas valve:
If I need a new one, does anyone know how I figure out a suitable replacement? can I order a similar one on amazon from like Honeywell? Or do I need to go to a heating place and bring that old one with me to get the exact same one? THanks