Your home depends on your hot water heater in order to allow you to shower, wash the dishes, and do laundry. These are all things you need to be able to do on a day to day basis. When the water heater in your home isn’t working, knowing how to relight the pilot light will solve your problem.
What Is A Pilot Light?
The pilot light is a continually burning flame. It is responsible for igniting the burner of your gas-powered hot water heater. Basically, when the pilot light goes out, you won’t have any hot water in your home. There are several reasons a pilot light may go out, so knowing how to turn it back on is important. Knowing how to turn it off is equally as important.
How To Turn Off The Pilot Light:
Knowing how to turn off your pilot light is beneficial during the summer months. It is also crucial to know this if you smell gas in your home.
- Turn off the heater mode on your thermostat.
- Turn off the pilot light. Find the valve on your gas line. Turn it to the off position. This position should face away (perpendicular) to your gas line.
How To Relight The Pilot Light:
- Turn off your gas using the gas shut-off valve. You should wait about 10 minutes for any residual gas to clear.
- Locate the pilot light. You will find this underneath the gas valve. Sometimes there will be a cover you have to open manually.
- Locate your pilot button and turn it on by pressing down. If you don’t have a button, there will be an option located on your gas valve that allows you to turn the knob to Pilot.
- Holding down the knob or button, use a light to ignite the pilot light. We suggest using an extended light to make this as easy and safe as possible. Continue to hold the knob or button for a few seconds to ensure the flame doesn’t go out right away.
- Turn the gas back on and replace any covers.
- Give your water heater some time, then check that hot water is working by turning on your sink or shower.
If you try this with no success and your water heater is close to or more than 12 years old, it may be a sign that you need a new system. Instead of trying to repair an old water heater that is past its prime, it may be a better investment to replace the unit.
When it is time to replace your water heater, you can trust Bradford White for the highest quality product, longevity, and efficiency. Bradford White water heaters are built to last. These are American-made products that are covered by a generous warranty and feature the latest high-efficiency innovations. No matter the size or design of your home, Bradford White has a model for your unique home that takes your price range and lifestyle into consideration. Their comprehensive options include tankless, electric, natural gas, oil burning, low-NOx (nitrogen oxide), solar, propane, and hybrid models.