How to Turn Pilot Light on a Gas Fireplace?

Many gas fireplaces come with a standing pilot light that makes starting a fire easy and convenient when the weather is cold. During warm weather, though, it’s best to shut the pilot off to save on energy costs. Then, when the cold season rolls around again, you can re-light your pilot light to help keep your heating bills down. 

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How to Turn Pilot Light On a Gas Fireplace 

The first step to lighting your pilot light on a gas fireplace is to remove the cover from the unit. This should be located toward the bottom of the unit near the floor. It should include a gas shut-off valve and an ignition button. 

Next, locate the burner assembly. This is where the pilot light is located and is usually more hidden away from view than the controls. 

If you cannot find your burner assembly, you may need to refer to the owner’s manual or speak with a professional to determine where it is located and how to light the pilot. 

Once you’ve found it, remove the pilot tube that feeds gas to the burner and purge any air that may be in it with a pin. This is an important safety precaution because it can lead to a leak or kinking of the tubing if left in place. 

To relight the pilot, turn the gas control knob to the “Pilot” setting until it lines up with the arrow or hash mark on the outer rim of the control. Then, press the igniter button multiple times, as needed, until the pilot flame lights up. 

You’ll need to hold the knob down for 20 seconds or so to allow time for the thermocouple (a safety device) to heat up. If the pilot doesn’t light, release the gas control knob and try again. 

If the pilot still doesn’t work, you could have a faulty thermocouple. To troubleshoot this, check to see whether it is screwed in tightly and if there are any obstructions on it. If it isn’t, contact a technician to have it replaced.