Lighting the pilot light of a Whirlpool water heater can be done in just a few minutes. Occasionally, the pilot light will go out and need relighting or you may need to shut the pilot off to do some repairs and have to relight the pilot. You can light the pilot light yourself and save the expense and time of having to call out a professional to do it for you.
Things You'll Need
- Spark igniter
Remove the access cover on the bottom of the Whirlpool water heater by lifting the cover up and taking it out of the slots.
Locate the pilot light tube on the inside of the water heater that sits behind the access cover. Use a flashlight to find the tip of the pilot light.
Verify that the gas line valve is in the open position, allowing gas to enter the pilot light tube and turn the red control knob to the "pilot" position so it is lined up with the mark below the knob.
Hold down on the red reset button and light the end of the pilot light with a spark igniter, holding the reset button down for at least one minute.
Release the reset button, verifying that the pilot light is still lit and turn the control knob to the "on" position.
Reattach the access cover to the Whirlpool water heater.
Tips & Warnings
- Always light the pilot light immmediately after depressing the reset button to prevent too much gas from leaking into the air.
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