How to Light the Pilot on a Gas Fireplace?

When you have a gas fireplace, you need to know how to light the pilot. Most gas fireplace models are equipped with a manual switch. Some have an electronic ignition wall switch. You can also use a long lighter to ignite the flame. If the pilot doesn’t ignite, you can try to purge the air from the gas line. 

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To light the pilot on a gas fireplace, you need to have a lit match or lighter, an electric ignitor, and a long lighter. Your match or lighter must be long enough to reach the pilot tube. It’s a good idea to wear heat-resistant gloves. Also, you must be able to move the lighter quickly if the pilot is not burning. 

The first step is to ensure that the gas valve is open. If it’s not, you may want to consider calling a professional to fix the problem. In most cases, the primary gas shutoff valve will be located in the fireplace or on the ceiling. The secondary shutoff valve is usually located outside. You’ll also need to be sure the main control knob is in the pilot position. 

Before you start to light the pilot on a gas fireplace, it’s a good idea to remove the decorative cover from the unit. This will allow you to get a closer look at the controls. Once you’ve removed the cover, you can check to see if the ignition switch is in the “On” or “Off” position. Typically, it’s a red button near the main control knob. However, it may be a black button, too. 

You can also relight the pilot by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Usually, the pilot can be relighted by holding down the control knob for several seconds. However, you should only do this if your pilot doesn’t light after several attempts. Alternatively, you can blow compressed air into the pilot apparatus to clear any debris. 

Another method to relight a pilot is to use the piezoelectric spark igniter. A small spark will be created in the end of the pilot tube. This is the most important part of the process. Make sure you don’t push the igniter too hard, however, because you can break it. 

Next, you need to hold down the control knob for at least 20 seconds to heat up the thermocouple. Depending on the model, this can take anywhere from a few seconds to a minute. After about 30 seconds, the pilot should be able to ignite. 

Relighting a pilot on a gas fireplace may be a little bit tricky, but if you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and are patient, you should be able to light your fireplace. You can try to find a video tutorial to guide you through the process. 

Remember, you’ll need to wait a few minutes before checking for a leak. Ideally, you’ll want to let the pilot burn for at least five minutes before smelling the gas to make sure it’s not leaking.