How to Light Gas Fireplace Pilot?

When you want to light your gas fireplace pilot, there are several things you need to know. First, you need to locate the pilot assembly. It should be hidden somewhere in the burner assembly area. You may be able to find it by removing the front cover. 

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Next, you need to find the gas shut-off valve. The valve is usually located in the bottom of the unit, but it may also be in the back of the fireplace. Once you find it, you will need to turn it on parallel to the gas pipes. 

To light the pilot, you will need a long-handled lighter. If you don’t have a lighter, you can also use the flame on the pilot burner. Keep in mind that the flame may deflect or not burn properly if the air escapes from the burner plate. This is due to the holes inside the burner plate being clogged with carbon residue. 

A thermocouple is also needed to help keep the pilot lit. This safety device is a thin copper tube that connects the pilot to the main burner. If the pilot light goes out, it will stop the gas flow. 

Once you have found the thermocouple, you need to hold down the control knob for about 10 seconds to heat it up. After this, you should be able to turn the control knob to the pilot position. However, you may need to hold the knob for longer to get the pilot to light. 

Before you try to start your gas fireplace pilot, you should remove the fixed glass assembly. Leaving the glass in place is not a good idea, as it can cause gas to build up in the unit. 

Once you have located the thermocouple and the pilot, you should have the gas shut off valve and gas supply lever ready. Now that you have the pilot and the shut off valve, you need to turn the control knob to the “On” or pilot position. The control knob should be flat and wide and have a red or black button with words “On,” “Off,” and “Pilot” written on it. 

When you have turned the control knob to the pilot position, you should hold the control knob down for a couple of seconds. Hold it down for at least 15 to 30 seconds to ensure that the standing pilot lights. Make sure you release the knob slowly to prevent the flame from going out. 

Once the pilot light has started, you will need to wait for about five minutes to see if the flame continues to glow. If it doesn’t, you can either relight the pilot, or call your natural gas or propane provider. Alternatively, you can call a local fire department to make an appointment. 

Lighting your gas fireplace pilot is a great way to relax on cold winter nights. But, lighting your fireplace when there is a strong smell of gas can be dangerous.