For many homeowners, the idea of making home repairs can feel like a daunting task. Most home projects, however, are truly simple at their core. People often assume that lighting a pilot light can be dangerous, but in reality, it’s a simple task that can be completed safely in just a few minutes.
The first step to safely lighting a pilot light on a gas stove is to examine the device (or its owner’s manual, if you have it) for instructions. Some devices require you to take specific steps before the pilot light is properly lit—knowing these steps can save you both time and frustration. If there are no instructions available, examine the device for any loose wires or hoses before proceeding. It’s also a good idea to open the windows of the home to increase ventilation before you start. The only tool needed to light a pilot light is a long butane lighter, which can be found at any hardware store or big box store.
Simply lift the top cover of the stove to reveal the pilot light location by slipping your fingers under the seam on the side of your stovetop. On a typical gas stove, there will be two main gas lines that are directly positioned between both sets of burners. Here, you’ll be able to see the four sets of burners, as well as two gas lines connecting them to a pilot port. The pilot port is a small hole in the center of both gas lines where the pilot light should be lit at all times. If there is no flame burning at the pilot port, it is safe to assume that the pilot light itself has gone out.
Simply locate the pilot port area of the gas lines and ensure that the flame is no longer burning at this location. With your long lighter, light the flame at the location of the pilot port. The flame should immediately light the stove and return it to its full operating condition. Should the flame refuse to light at the pilot port location, call a utility specialist to examine your stove’s gas lines.
Should you find that your range, oven or other major kitchen appliances require more complex repairs, a home warranty from American Home Shield can help get your kitchen back up and running.