5 Easy Steps to Relighting Your Fireplace Pilot

Posted Monday, November 13th, 2017


If you are like most homeowners, relighting the pilot on your gas fireplace after a period of non-use can be confusing. The team at Cressy Door and Fireplace has put together a step-by-step guide to assist you.

Relight The Pilot on your Fireplace in 5 Easy Steps

Engaging the Igniter Button

Igniter buttons are little red buttons that can be found by the main control knob. They are identified by “Off” and “On” markings.

Step #1

If the fireplace is in the “On” position, simply turn the valve to the “OFF” position and wait 2 minutes.

Step #2

Line up the mark on the knob with the word, “Pilot.”

Step #3

Hold down the control knob and hit the igniter a couple of times. You must hold the knob down long enough to heat the “Thermocouple.” The Thermocouple is a safety device that prevents gas from flowing if the pilot light goes out.

Step #4

When the pilot lights, let go of the knob slowly. The pilot should be burning at this point.

Step #5

Assure the pilot is still burning and turn the knob to the “On” position.

Please note: If the pilot light does not engage on the first try, you may have to hold down the knob long enough to purge the air out of the gas line. This allows the gas to reach the pilot assembly. Keep trying periodically to light the pilot light. This process may take several minutes and several attempts.

Keep in mind that most gas fireplace models will have a manual switch present. That switch must be engaged for the gas fireplace to light.

Gas fireplaces are very safe when used properly. Please make sure you always look for obstructions or debris in the gas lines. If you ever smell gas or suspect a gas leak, please immediately call a company that is certified in fireplace service, installation, and maintenance.
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