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Collier Plumbing / Water Heater Repair Experts


How to Light a Water Heater Pilot Light


What You Will Need

  • Long lighter or matches
  • Flashlight

Step #1: Turn Down the Temperature

Your gas water heater should have a temperature control knob or dial. The first thing you’ll need to do is set this to the lowest level.

Step #2: Turn the Heater Off

Turn the knob that controls the gas to the position labeled pilot. If there’s no pilot label, turn it to the off position.

Step #3: Wait for all the Gas to Dissipate

This step is critically important. If any gas is in the air, you could cause an explosion. Wait 5 to 10 minutes for the smell of gas to disappear. If it doesn’t disappear in that time, you may have a leak, so call a professional right away.

Step #4: Remove the Access Panels

Use the instructions that came with your water heater to perform this step.

Step #5: Light the Pilot Light

Use a flashlight to find the pilot light. It will be a small tube inside the access panel of your water heater. If you have a pilot reset button, press and hold it down as you light the pilot light with a long handled lighter or match.