Pilot lights are a common feature on many gas-powered appliances, including furnaces and hot water heaters. Many older appliances have a traditional pilot light that must be lit with an open flame, while most newer appliances use a push-button ignition for the pilot light. The pilot light on most appliances should stay lit with little problem, but if the pilot light goes out or has difficulty staying lit, it is necessary to relight it. This procedure should only be performed by an adult.

Many older gas appliances require an open flame to restart a pilot light.

Standard Pilot Light

Step 1

Kneel down next to the appliance. Sniff carefully for gas. Stand up and smell around the appliance again. If gas is detected, stop and leave the house. Call the local fire station or gas company for assistance.

Step 2

Open the outer and inner access panels, if no gas is smelled.

Step 3

Find the smallest of the tubes that extend from the bottom of the gas control valve, which is the pilot supply tube.

Step 4

Turn the temperature control knob to the lowest setting. Push down and hold the "Pilot" button. Some models do not have a "Pilot" button. In this instance, push and hold down the temperature control knob.

Step 5

Hold down the knob and use a lighter to light the end of the pilot supply tube. Continue to hold the knob down for at least 30 seconds once the flame is lit. Release the button.

Spark Pilot Light

Step 6

Follow steps 1 and 2 from the above section.

Step 7

Locate the pilot button and push down. Simultaneously push down the spark ignitor button.

Step 8

Continue to hold down the pilot button for 30 seconds after the pilot light is lit.

Step 9

Turn the pilot button to "On" and adjust the temperature control knob to the desired temperature.