January 16, 2017

Lighting a Water Heater Pilot Light (New Style)

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Hot Water Heater

Safety First
Never try to light your pilot if you smell gas. Stand near your water heater. Can you smell gas? Kneel down near the bottom of your water heater. If you smell gas call GAC Plumbing Company.


New style gas water heater

Newer style gas
water heater.

Water heater gas control valve

Step One

Set the temperature control
to its lowest setting or small Diamond.

Gas pilot control button

Step Two

Set the on-off control
to the pilot setting.

press and hold button to light pilot

Step Three

Press the hot water heater
pilot button down and
hold it.

Press light button

Step Four

While looking through the sight glass slowly press the spark generator.

You should see a sparkfrom the generator and the pilot light should light.Pilot lit, hold button down for 30 seconds

Hold the pilot button down 20 to 30 seconds after the pilot is lit.

If the pilot didn’t light you may have air in the line. While holding the pilot button down, press the generator button every 10 seconds until the pilot lights.

Don’t forget to hold the pilot button down after the pilot is lit.The thermocouple must have time to get hot before the button is released.

water heater burner

Set the on/off knob to the on position.

Turn the temperature control to the desired

You should hear the burner fire up and be
able to see the flame through the site glass.

Air vents on these water heaters must be clean in order for the hot water heater pilot light and burner to operate properly.

Most brands have fresh air vents under the burner and/or around the sides at the bottom of the tank. Some have washable filters.

The burner assembly will have to be removed to clean the vent located in the bottom of the tank.
Check your owners manual for instructions. Most companies have downloadable manuals on their website.

If these water heaters shut down because of a lack of air/oxygen,there is a possibility that the gas control valve will have to be replaced along with the safety shut off switch. So its a good idea to keep the air vents clean.


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