How to Light Your Stove or Heater's Pilot Light

Posted about 3 years ago

Although many new stoves and heaters have electric ignitors (that clicking sound you hear when you turn it on), many appliances, especially furnaces, use traditional pilot lights. Traditional pilot lights are small gas flames that are always on and serve as an ignition source for a gas burner, water or wall heater. Sometimes, people like to turn off their pilot light in the summer to save money on heating bills, and turn it back on when it gets cold and they need to use the heater.

It is a good idea to understand how to turn your pilot lights on and off. A Everhome Membership includes lighting pilot lights, but you might not be a current member, so this article will help you understand how best to do it yourself. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of an Everhome Membership, please click the button to the right.

Step 1: Locate the instructions on your stove or heater
Every furnace should have a label on it that details the best practices on how to light a furnace. If it is hard to read, make sure you have a flashlight handy, since it could be in a shadow or back inside the appliance.

Step 2: Find the Pilot Light
Near the bottom of the appliance is a switch that usually says "Pilot", "On" and "Off". Find this switch and make sure the knob is turned to the "Off" position. You want to make sure the gas is completely turned off before attempting to light the pilot light. Please wait at least 5 minutes after turning the light off to let the gas dissipate, otherwise you will run the risk of having too much gas get lit at once. Please take note of the Reset button, which is located near the dial you just turned to "Off".

Step 3: Re-light the pilot light
Once the gas has dissipated, find the knob and turn it to "Pilot". Then, find the Reset button, and hold it down. While you are holding it down, bring a flame from a lighter close to the pilot light opening. This should ignite the pilot light. Once you are sure the pilot light is lit (you'll be able to see it and hear it burning), you can let the reset button go.