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FAQ: What Is a Pilot Light?

May 31, 2024


Checking the pilot light on your gas fireplace can be stressful if you’re unfamiliar with it. It’s essential to know how to detect when the pilot light goes out, while understanding its function, and locating it. Don’t worry; we’re here to help with all your common questions about pilot lights on gas fireplaces.

Here is everything you need to know about the ins and outs of gas fireplaces! 

Where Do I Find My Pilot Light?

The first step in understanding your gas fireplace’s pilot light is determining its location. Typically, pilot lights are found below the logs in the firebox at the bottom. They can be hard to see due to their small size, but sometimes, you can see them sticking out. Remember that the pilot light varies per fireplace and depends on your unit. 

How Do I Light My Pilot Light?

To relight the pilot light, start by locating the gas valve, usually located near the fireplace. Next, locate the igniter on the control dial of your fireplace. This knob typically has options for pilot, off, and on. Turn the knob to the pilot setting and press the red button with your finger. Once lit, you can then turn the knob to the on position. Every fireplace is unique, and following the manufacturer’s instructions is essential. You can find these instructions at the bottom of the access panel. 

Why Is My Pilot Light Constantly Turning Off?

If your pilot light goes out repeatedly, it indicates a deeper underlying issue. This could be due to a malfunctioning thermocouple, a small rod that requires a proper flame to heat it. When there’s no flame, the thermocouple shuts off the gas valve, causing the pilot light to extinguish. If you’re experiencing this problem, contacting one of our team members for assistance repairing it is recommended.

Do I Need To Turn Off My Pilot Light?

If your pilot light goes out repeatedly, it indicates a deeper underlying issue. This could be due to a malfunctioning thermocouple, a small rod that requires a proper flame to heat it. When there’s no flame, the thermocouple shuts off the gas valve, causing the pilot light to extinguish. If you’re experiencing this problem, contacting one of our team members for assistance repairing it is recommended.

Contact the Fireplace Experts in Massachusetts

If you’re experiencing issues with your pilot light, there’s no need to worry; we’re here to help. Our team of professionals can assist you, whether diagnosing the problem, recommending a solution, or upgrading your equipment. Don’t hesitate to contact a team member, and we’ll happily answer all your pilot light questions.

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