How to Start a Pilot Light on a Gas Fireplace?
Nothing makes a home cozier than a nice, warm fire in the fireplace. Fortunately, gas fireplaces are extremely simple to start and maintain. To learn how to light a pilot light on your gas fireplace, you need to follow these steps:
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- Press the ignition button until it lights and then holds the knob down for about 15 to 30 seconds (varies by unit) to warm up the thermocouple.
Thermocouples are safety devices that prevent the gas valve from opening if the pilot flame does not ignite. This ensures that your gas is not leaking into your house.
- Turn the control knob to a position that indicates it is “PILOT,” and then push in and quickly press the red or black igniter button until it lights.
This may require several attempts, especially if it’s been a long time since your last use. Once it lights, keep the pilot button down for about 15 to 30 seconds to warm up the thermocouple and make sure the flame stays lit.
- Locate the access panel that controls your pilot light and then open it.
Most modern gas fireplaces have a special control panel that manages the standing pilot light. To locate this panel, you’ll need to remove a cover or screen. Typically, you’ll also need to unscrew the knob to gain access.
- Turn the control knob to a position that signals it is “PILOT,” and then push it in and quickly press the red or black igniter.
Then, press the button until it lights and hold down the knob for about 15 to 30 seconds (varies by model) to warm up the thermocouple.
- Insert a long lighter into the device and pull it up to the burner, then ignite it.
Once the flame catches, you’ll need to move your hands back quickly so that you don’t get burned. For safety, be sure to wear heat-resistant gloves when using a long lighter.
- If the flame doesn’t stay lit, you may have a blockage or debris in the pilot tube that needs to be cleaned out.
You can remove the blockage and clean the pilot tube with a straight pin, or you can call a certified fireplace dealer for service.
- If the flame is still not staying lit, you can try lighting a match or lighter to help it ignite.
- If the flame is still not staying lit, your fuel tank might need to be replaced.
- If you can’t find your control panel, or it has a broken knob, you may have to consult your fireplace’s manual for instructions.
- If you can’t find your fireplace’s manual, consult a certified dealer for service.
Lastly, you can call a professional HVAC company to help you.
There are many different ways to start a pilot light on a gas fireplace, so it’s important that you read the owner’s manual before beginning any work. Otherwise, you could cause a fire or explosion by trying to use tools, such as screwdrivers, to fix a problem. If you are unsure of how to start a pilot light on your gas fireplace, please contact SUNDANCE Energy for qualified, reputable professionals who can help you!