Knowing how to ignite a pilot light is a skill you should have at the ready in your “Homeowner’s Tool Kit.” This is particularly true if you own a gas fireplace. Luckily, the steps for igniting your fireplace pilot light are simple and straightforward, and we have a few helpful troubleshooting tips for when it doesn’t seem to be cooperating with you.

Here, are the basic steps:

  1. Locate Your Fireplace Controls: The controls are typically located behind a metal grate or plate on the floor of the fireplace or the front of the fireplace. Remove the plate to gain access. There may be some written instructions in your control panel. If not, you may find it helpful to keep a copy of these instructions there.
  2. Locate the Control Knob and the Ignition Button: The control knob will have the words “ON,” “OFF” and “PILOT” written on it, and the ignition button will typically be a red or black button.
  3. Ensure that the Control Knob is Set to “OFF”: If the control knob was not already set to “OFF,” turn it to “OFF.” Once you have set it to “OFF,” you should wait several minutes before continuing with the process. This allows the gas to dissipate.
  4. Light the Pilot Light: Once you’ve allowed the gas to dissipate, turn the control knob to “PILOT.” Then, while pushing down the control knob, repeatedly press the ignition button until the pilot lights. Keep pushing down the control knob for 30 seconds after the pilot lights and then gradually release it.
  5. Turn the Control Knob to “ON”: Once you have a sustained pilot light, turn your control knob to “ON.” And you should be ready to go!

If you have followed these steps but your pilot light is not igniting, there are a few troubleshooting measures you can take. First, when your control knob is on “OFF,” test the ignition button a few time to be sure that it is creating a spark. Next, ensure that the gas shut off valve leading to the fireplace is open. And finally, wait five minutes and retry the process. If the pilot has been off for an extended period of time, it may take a few minutes for the gas to reach the fireplace.

Seek Professional Help

If after troubleshooting, your pilot light still won’t light, there may be a more serious issue at the bottom of it. For your fireplace and your safety, it’s important to contact professionals who can identify and resolve the problem.

Brick + Ember Outfitters is committed to the safety and functionality of your pilot light and fireplace. We can set up an appointment for you to speak with one of our Outfitters who will schedule an on-site consultation and address any of your concerns.