How to Light an Old Gas Fireplace?

If you have an old gas fireplace, it may require a few extra presses on the ignition switch before you can light it. It’s always best to call a professional to help you if you need to light your fireplace. In some cases, the pilot light might not work or you might have a problem with the gas supply. The easiest way to avoid this issue is to perform regular maintenance and cleaning of your fireplace. 

Before you light your gas fireplace, make sure you have all the necessary tools. Some fireplaces come with a key or emergency gas shut-off valve. There are also some models with an electronic ignition wall switch, which is easy to use. Depending on the model, you may have to press a few times before the pilot light is lit. 

To start the process, you will need to locate the pilot assembly. This is usually a series of thin copper lines connected to a thermopile that keeps the flame from going out. You will also need a long lighter. For some models, there is a “High/Low” switch that you can turn to adjust the flame height. 

Once you have the right tools, it’s time to light the pilot light. Most gas log units have a button that will automatically ignite the pilot light, but some models may need a match or a long lighter. Be sure to wear heat-resistant gloves to handle the lighter. 

Next, you’ll need to place the pilot light where it will be most visible. Fireplaces with a decorative gas valve are often located near the burner, while other fireplaces have a control panel. A control panel typically hides behind a metal grate or screen and is located in the base of the fireplace. 

Next, you’ll need to open the gas valve. It’s usually a lever that is parallel with the gas line when you are in the Off position. Turn the knob to the Pilot position and hold the lever down for 15 to 30 seconds. That’s enough time to allow the thermocouple to heat up. When the gas valve is closed, the pilot light will go out. 

Now that you know how to light an old gas fireplace, you can enjoy the warmth of a toasty fire in the cold weather. Make sure you follow the instructions in your owner’s manual, and keep flammable objects three feet away from the fireplace. 

After lighting the pilot light, you’ll need to wait five minutes before you can close the valve. During this time, you’ll need to clear any excess gas from the fireplace. Don’t touch the glass shield. 

When you are finished, you’ll need to turn the control knob to the Off position. You can leave the control knob in this position for up to ten minutes, but you should hold it down for at least five minutes. Holding the control knob down for this long will ensure that the flame stays lit.