How to Turn on Pilot Light in Gas Fireplace?

Many gas-powered appliances, such as gas fireplaces and water heaters, operate with a pilot light that burns with a constant small flame that’s ready to fire up the appliance at a moment’s notice. If your pilot light goes out, it can mean you have a major problem in your home. Fortunately, the majority of modern gas-powered appliances have safety measures that can prevent gas flow from going out. 

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First of all, if you have an open gas valve in your fireplace, it’s a good idea to shut off the valve before trying to light the pilot. This helps to conserve gas as well as reduce your energy bill. 

To do this, simply turn the knob on your gas control panel to the “Off” position. This will allow any lingering gas to clear out and will also remove the emergency gas valve. 

Next, find the control dial and push the red spark ignitor button that is usually located alongside the gas control knob. You will want to press this button a few times and then hold it for about 10 seconds to see if the pilot light starts. 

On some gas fireplaces, this alone can start the pilot, but on other models you’ll need to press the ignition button with the gas control dial in the ’Pilot’ setting. If your pilot does not light, try again with a lit match or lighter. 

If you are still having trouble lighting the pilot, check for air in your pilot tube. This may be preventing gas from reaching the burner plate or thermocouple. This will require cleaning the hole with a pin to ensure that it’s clean and free of debris. 

Once the holes have been cleaned, make sure you close and lock your gas valve before attempting to light the pilot again. This will help to prevent any leaking gas from reaching your pilot tube and causing you damage. 

Finally, you’ll need to align the pilot setting on your gas dial with the ring that is present on the outer rim of your control knob. This is done by pushing the knob in while quickly pressing and releasing the red or black push-button igniter. If you’re having difficulty, wait for ten seconds and try again. 

Some modern fireplaces have a thermostat near the pilot that will close if the pilot flame gets too cold. This means that if the pilot light does go out, the system will automatically stop gas from flowing into your fireplace. 

Another thing that can cause your pilot to go out is a damaged thermocouple. These are skinny devices that generate a tiny current to let your gas valve know that the pilot is on. They’re typically located directly under the pilot flame on gas fireplaces and can be replaced at a hardware store or home improvement center. 

If you’re having trouble relighting your pilot, it’s a good idea to call a professional. They can inspect your appliance and identify any potential issues that are causing the pilot to go out, such as a defective thermocouple or faulty spark ignitor. They can then relight your pilot safely and efficiently, saving you money on your monthly gas bill.