Sure-fire way to clear a clogged pilot orifice?
For clogged pilot orifices, is there some proven poker that
will clear without making it too large? Or is this just
really a bad idea? I was thinking maybe a toad sticker
or dental pick. Does anybody routinely use something
that routinely works? I've heard from senior techs
that poking only leads to OMG pilot sizes, but those
were only two techs and here we have many!
(I searched this forum and didn't find anything.)
I usually just use some stranded wire. Works really good. It gets inside the pilot itself good too. Then I blow out the rest of the loose stuff. I had a senior tech turn me on to welding tip cleaners. Not sure who made them but they work ok on the orifices that only have one hole.
I also use a single stand of copper wire. the copper will not damage the stainless steel.
So you guys have NEVER had to replace a pilot hood?
As far as the strand of wire, are you saying one strand
of stranded 12 gauge or whatever, or would thermostat
wire be too fat?
And just so we are on the same page, you are using
this to clear the existing hole (if I could see it!), not
to make a new one, right?
They sell a pilot orifice cleaner at cc Dickson, my local store keeps it near the orifice drill bit kits. I don't remember what the brand name is but it works well. It's easy to break them though bc they are very small
I use a sewing needle. As long as you don't jam it in there like an idiot it won't enlarge the hole.
Carbon/ash doesn't take much effort to dislodge.
I had one Friday I just took the tube off at the gas valve and used compressed air from a can to blow it out. Worked great.
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I just carry a bunch of pilot orfice's in the event I can't clean one up. I should look into the kit if it makes life easier, I do have the super small drill bits for drilling orfice's (I must be spelling that wrong) but I'm sure the pilot sized are broke by now.
I use nitrogen and a blow gun attachment.
It bails me out when the pilot, itself won't break loose.
Stranded #12 or smaller. Tsat wire would be too fat on most.
Originally Posted by georgelass
take it out and washed it out with hot water using a " baby booger sucker" whatever those things are called.
works every time and you can see by the stream of water if its been damaged ( usually by the guy before you who jammed a wire in it )
my boss thinks its possible to repeal the laws of physics
Straight pin or torch tip cleaner.