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Frequently Asked Questions About Lighting A Pilot Light

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Questions will arise if you own a gas-powered fixture such as a furnace or an oven. The process is similar for lighting the pilot light. If you have problems locating it, you could check the owner's manual for specifics on your unit. The main items needed for the job consist of long matches or a lighter.

Where is the Pilot Light Assembly On Your Furnace?

The pilot light to a furnace is usually located by a small button close to the bottom of the furnace unit. You should see the words to identify each of the main elements including pilot, off, and on buttons.

How Do You Light The Furnace Pilot Light?

It should only take a couple of minutes to light the pilot, but you will want to be sure the unit is off, and all gasses have diminished before you proceed. You will re-start the unit by setting it to the 'pilot' setting. While you have the reset button pressed down, place a lighter or match close to the opening. After it is lit, a blue flame will be seen, and you can release the reset button. The furnace should automatically start its cycle.

Where is the Oven Pilot Light?

A gas oven should have the pilot light clearly marked as a small hole in the bottom of the oven. It should be in a back corner or the center section in the front of the oven. You might need to check the broiler compartment if it isn't in the main space of the oven.


  • For safety purposes, be sure there aren't any air drafts that could extinguish the flame.
  • If you observe gas in the kitchen or another part of the home, the light has probably gone out. It is important to ventilate the area involved and turn off the gas supply immediately.
  • Never attempt to light the pilot light if you can smell gas in the home.

It is important to use these suggestions for the safety of your family and home. The light should stay on all of the time to eliminate the danger of gas seeping into the home's living area. After the pilot light is lit, it is a good idea to attempt to start the oven or furnace to be sure it is operational. If these steps don't start the pilot light, it is advisable to call in a professional for the job. It is better to be safe than sorry. The money spent is a small price to pay for that safety. To learn more, contact a company like Pell City Heating & Cooling Inc.