How to Light Your Pilot Light

As the days get colder, your home’s gas-powered appliances are very important. While many gas appliances now have electric starters, but older appliances will start with a pilot light. A pilot light is a small flame that is kept in certain gas-powered appliances like the furnace, water heater, and gas fireplace. If your pilot light has gone out, your gas appliances won’t work. In today’s post, we’re going to explain step-by-step how to ignite your pilot light. 

  1. Remove the access panel. There’s usually an access panel that covers the pilot light. You may be able to pull it off or you may need to use a screwdriver to take it off. 
  2. Turn the gas regulator valve to “off”. For example, near the bottom of a furnace, you can likely find a gas regulator valve, and it’ll have “pilot”, “on”, and “off” Positions. Switch it to the “off” position, and wait at least five minutes. The five-minute wait is important because you need the gas to dissipate before you relight the pilot. 
  3. Once the gas has dissipated, relight the pilot light. Switch the valve position to “pilot”, hold down the “reset” button, then apply the tip of a match or lighter to the tip of the pilot valve. This should ignite the pilot light. 

Are you having a problem with your pilot light? AAA Calvert can investigate the issue and provide a solution. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.