Is it time to re-light the pilot on your fireplace?

Posted Monday, August 8th, 2016

Even though summer doesn’t officially end until late September, some of us are wondering if the good weather has come and gone. For those of you who are thinking about firing up the gas fireplace and hunkering down with a good movie, here’s some tips on re-lighting your gas fireplace after a long or not so long period of non-use.

Re-lighting the Pilot on Your Gas Fireplace

Engaging the Igniter Button
Igniter buttons are little red buttons that can be found my 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.

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.

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

For more information about re-lighting your gas fireplace, watch this video Re-light your gas fireplace, or download our guide: Gas Fireplace Tips.