How To Light a Gas Fireplace Standing Pilot with an Ignitor

As the cold months begin to creep in, you begin thinking about having a gas fireplace turned on. Before trying to light the standing pilot, be sure to read all of the instructions that are included with your fireplace before beginning.

Then you just might want to look to see if your pilot light is still on from the year before. If there is a small flame, then you’re already done! If you see the flame is off, then make sure your fireplace thermostat is set to off to make sure it doesn’t turn on while lighting the pilot.

Pull off the front panel on your gas fireplace so you can access the controls underneath. The gas access valve should be turned off. The control valve should also be turned off. Before lighting anything, make sure you don’t smell gas – it smells just like rotten eggs.

All of these controls are generally centered underneath the fireplace. The gas access valve is usually red and the control valve is going to be black.

Now You’re Ready To Turn the Fireplace On

Once you have been able to confirm that everything is safe and that there is no gas present, turn the main valve to the “on” position and then the control valve to its “pilot” position.

Do not automatically cycle the control valve all the way to its final position because this will cause an ignition that could harm you when you press the ignitor. If the control valve has worn down from use and there are no words on it to indicate the settings, you can still make sure that you’re on the “pilot” setting by lining up the red dot on the valve to a vertical setting.

Hold the control valve in with it being in the “pilot” position for about 15 seconds or so. You should get up to 0.75 inches of play with this valve. As you are pressing it in, you are getting a little gas to come out so that the flame can be lit. You’ll want to then press the ignitor circuit several times.

The ignitor circuit is usually located on the right side of the gas fireplace. This is a bright red button and pressing it will cause a spark that should ignite the pilot.

Make Sure You Hold the Control Valve For Several Seconds

When you see a flame is present, you’re going to need to hold the control valve in for several seconds. This allows the thermal coupling to recognize that there is a flame present within the fireplace once again.

After allowing this time to pass, you can switch the control valve to the “on” position. The fireplace is now ready to be used. All you need to do then is turn on your thermostat and you’ll get the warm flames out of your fireplace that you love!

If the pilot light will not turn on for you, then you will want to double check your valves and settings. It isn’t uncommon for the control valve to be slightly out of alignment so that it isn’t fully depressed.

Try wiggling the valve back and forth a little bit and then follow the above steps to hit the ignitor once again. If you still cannot get a flame and you have confirmed that you have the gas turned on, then turn everything the valves to their “off” position and contact a local professional for further help in rectifying your situation.