How To Light The Pilot Light on Your Hot Water Heater

February 20, 2020

If the pilot light is out on your hot water heater, then you won’t have any hot water to get essential household tasks done. Fortunately, relighting the pilot light is simple.

Things You’ll Need

You’ll need a wand lighter and a flashlight. However, some newer hot water heaters come with built-in electronic igniters.

Check for Leaking Gas

Smell all around the tank and near the valves. Also, listen for any hissing sounds. If you detect signs of escaping gas, then give us a call. At Comfort Masters Ltd., we’ve helped many satisfied customers in Oshawa with pilot lights, water heater repairs, and water heater installations.

Check for Instructions

On the inside panel of your water heater, you might find instructions. If so, follow them carefully. If not, use the following instructions:

  • Set temperature control and position gas valve regulator: Find the temperature control and turn it to its lowest position. Then, turn the gas regulator valve off for a few minutes. Doing so allows any residual gas to dissipate. Afterward, position the regulator valve to “pilot.”
  • Ignite pilot: Pop open the access door to the pilot area and locate the pilot. It’s a small tube that protrudes from the control valve. Depress the gas valve and hold it down. Then, light the pilot.
  • Hold for at least 20 seconds: After the pilot lights, keep the gas valve depressed for at least 20 seconds. Release the valve. If the flame goes out, repeat the process and hold the valve down for 45-60 seconds.
  • Final steps: Replace the door/cover to the pilot area and then turn the gas valve from “pilot” to “on.” Then, adjust the temperature knob to your preferred setting.

If you have any questions, we here at Comfort Masters Ltd. have the answers. We have been in business since 2005 and are TSSA-certified and HRAI-registered. Our skilled technicians are licensed, factory-trained, and ready to handle your heating, cooling, and indoor air quality needs. Contact Comfort Masters Ltd. today!