Feb 9, 2020

How to Reignite Your Water Heater’s Pilot Light

Did your warm water suddenly disappear? The problem could have a simple solution. If your water heater uses a pilot light, it might need to be reignited. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Atlanta, Georgia, we provide high quality residential and commercial plumbing services for local clients. Our team of certified plumbers enjoy helping customers find ways to improve the safety and efficiency of their plumbing system, and we want to help you do the same. Reigniting a pilot light can be intimidating. Here are some helpful tips for success. 

When Is Reigniting a Water Heater Pilot Light Necessary? 

Pilot lights are only used on gas water heater units. Therefore, if you have an electric water heater system, then this option will not provide a solution to your issue. Also, some gas water heater models use an automatic pilot light and aren’t meant to be manually ignited. Others may have a sealed burner assembly. If this is the case, it’s best to call an expert. Removing the cover on a sealed burner assembly is dangerous. However, if your gas water heater does provide access to a manually ignited pilot light, then you can proceed. 

Steps for Successfully Reigniting a Pilot Light

For most gas water heater units, instructions for reigniting the pilot light should be printed on the side of the tank. If not, find your manual, and there will be step by step directions inside. Always follow the manufacturers instructions first. However, if you have an older unit, live in a previously owned home or have lost your manual, then here are some general guidelines. Use a flashlight to find the burner. There should be two tubes leading to the burner assembly. Turn the knob and point it toward the Pilot setting. Hold it down for a few seconds, which will provide the gas needed to light the flame. Some models have a black or red igniting button that will spark the flame. Otherwise, you may need to use a long lighter. Keep your hands as far away from the flame as possible to avoid burns. After the flame is lit, turn the gas knob to “On”, and replace the cover. 

When to Call an Expert

If you attempt to reignite the pilot light, but it doesn’t work, then there could be another underlying cause. You may have a problem with the gas, or the unit may be severely damaged. Be careful. Incorrect handling of natural gas is extremely risky. It’s best to get help from a professional plumber who can investigate the source of your water heater issue and repair it safely. 

Do You need Help with Your Water Heater? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Atlanta Today

Has your electric water heater stopped working correctly? Are you having issues with an automatic pilot light? Then call the team at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Atlanta, Georgia. Our licensed and insured plumbers have the tools, training and hands on experience needed to get the job done safely and accurately. Contact our office to learn more about our wide range of commercial and residential services or to schedule an appointment with a local plumber in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Buckhead, Roswell, Marietta, Stone Mountain, Suwanee, Georgia or another metro area city. 





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