Instructions on Lighting a Gas Fireplace

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Fireplaces can add ambiance to a room and also act a great source of warmth for cold winter days. A gas fireplace does not have to be manually lit every time you use it. Instead, gas fireplaces have a pilot light that is usually lit when your fireplace is initially installed. However, it can be blown out by heavy winds or storms, and you may have to re-light it yourself. Fortunately, most modern gas fireplaces have an electronic pilot light that can easily be re-lighted in a few simple steps.

Locate the Gas Control Valve

  • To light the pilot light, find the gas control valve. It is usually red or blue, but the location will vary depending on the type of fireplace you own. It might be behind the lower louvers, behind an access panel or in a compartment beneath the firebox floor, according to Lennox Hearth Products. If you are having trouble finding it, consult your homeowner's manual, as it will likely indicate where it is. Once you have found the gas supply valve, make sure your gas supply is on. When it is on, the handle should be parallel to the gas line.

Find the Igniter Button

  • After you have turned on the gas control valve, look for the igniter button. It is typically red or black and is located behind or below the logs in the fireplace. Push the igniter button. You should hear a noise as the igniter creates a spark at the pilot burner, according to Lennox Hearth Products.

Examine the Gas Valve

  • After you have pushed the igniter button, return to the gas control valve. It should have one knob labeled "on," "off," and "pilot." Push the knob in, and then twist it counter-clockwise to the "pilot" position. Keep holding the knob in. Then, using your other hand, begin pushing on the igniter once every 10 seconds until a flame is visible. If your pilot does not initially light, wait five minutes and try again.

    Once the pilot is lit, continue holding onto the knob for 30 seconds to make sure that the flame will continue to stay lit. Next, twist the knob counter-clockwise and return it to the "on" setting. According to Lennox Hearth Products, leaving the valve in the "on" position will keep your fireplace ready for instant operation the next time you want to use it.

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