How To Light The Pilot Light on Your Hot Water Heater | IT Landes

If you’ve got a gas water heater, then it’s got a pilot that must stay lit. Otherwise, you’re going to lose your hot water. If it does go out, don’t fret—relighting it is easy. Just follow the steps below.

Before You Start

Grab a flashlight and a wand lighter. If you’ve got a newer water heater, it probably has a built-in electric-lighter.

Then, use your nose and ears to inspect for leaks. If you notice any odd smells or hear a hissing sound, then proceed no further and call IT Landes in Harleysville, PA. We’re experts in all things water heaters and can come out immediately to get yours taken care of.

Finally, check the inside panel of the unit for instructions on how to light the pilot light. If you find some, follow them with care. If not, then the following steps are generally applicable to most water heater units.

Adjust the Temperature Control and the Gas Valve

Turn the temperature control down to “low” and shut off the gas valve for a few minutes to clear any residual gas that may be present. Then, turn the gas valve to “pilot.”

Find and Light the Pilot

Open the access cover and locate the pilot, which should be protruding from the control valve. Grab the wand lighter and depress the gas valve. Then, with the valve still depressed, light the pilot.

Continue holding down the gas valve for about 20-30 seconds, then release it. If the flame goes out, repeat the process and hold the gas valve down for 45 seconds to 1 minute.

Final Steps

Once the pilot stays lit, turn the valve from “pilot” to “on,” replace the access cover, and dial in your desired temperature setting.

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