How to Light a Gas Fireplace Pilot?
Gas fireplaces are an excellent way to heat your home, and they also add a beautiful touch of decor. But if you’re not used to lighting them, it can be hard to get started. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to light a gas fireplace pilot.
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First, you need to be sure that the main gas supply is on. This can be done by turning the knob (which reads “OFF,” “ON,” and “PILOT”) to its PILOT position. This will allow you to see the pilot tube and igniter inside the unit, which is a piezoelectric spark ignitor that creates a spark when you push it in.
Now, you need to ignite the pilot flame, which is located in the front of the unit. To do this, you’ll need a match or butane lighter. Once you’ve got this, you can move on to the next step.
Locate the control knob on your gas fireplace and turn it to its PILOT position. This should be marked with a hash mark or arrow on the outer rim of the unit’s control.
With the knob in this position, push the button until you see a small spark appear at the end of the pilot tube. Continue pushing the button for about 3-5 seconds to ensure the pilot flame is lit.
When the pilot is lit, it should remain lit until you release the control knob. However, if it doesn’t, you can do one of two things:
You can either retry the pilot light process or call a professional to come and fix your problem. The most common problem is that the thermocouple hasn’t heated up enough to keep the pilot lit.
If the thermocouple isn’t heating up, you can try pressing down on the gas valve for a few seconds until it warms up, which will force more gas into the pilot area and keep it lit. You may have to do this a few times until the thermocouple is hot and ready to light the pilot flame.
Another option is to unplug the device for a few minutes and then retry it. This will help to clear out the residue that natural gas and liquid propane can leave on a system’s components, which can cause the flame-sensing safety features to fail.
Once your fireplace has been re-lit, you’ll want to replace the glass and decorative cover, so it can be enjoyed as soon as possible. If you’re not sure how to do this, you can refer to your owner’s manual or contact your local technician.
During the spring and summer, most homeowners will shut down their fireplaces to conserve gas. But if you don’t, it’s important to know how to light a pilot so you can start your fireplace and enjoy the warmth of a fire whenever you want. This will make your home more comfortable during the cold weather months, and it will save you money on fuel costs!