Empire furnaces are typically used in apartments or small homes. Like most furnaces, Empire furnaces have a pilot light that ignites the gas to create heat. Occasionally, this pilot light can blow out, either due to dirt and dust clogging the burner or improper protection from drafts. If your pilot light burns out, there's no reason to call a repair service. Quickly light it yourself without tools.
Set the thermostat on your Empire furnace to its lowest setting. If your Empire furnace has an electrical connection, turn off the power. Remove the furnace's front panel by pulling out on the bottom of the panel and lifting it up and off of the furnace.
Push in on the gas-control knob and turn it clockwise to the "Off" position. Wait at least 10 minutes for any residual gas to clear out of the furnace.
Remove the pilot-light access panel, located near the bottom of the furnace. You can find the pilot light by following the metal tube running from the gas-control knob.
Turn the gas control knob to the "Pilot" position. Press in on the knob and hold it. Press the pilot-igniter button, located on the control panel, to light the pilot. Continue to press the gas-control knob down for at least 60 seconds after the pilot is lit. Release the knob and the pilot will remain lit. If it doesn't, repeat the process.
Replace the pilot-light access panel. Turn the gas control knob to the "On" position. Replace the front cover and turn the power back on to the furnace. Set the thermostat to your desired temperature.