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Re-Lighting Your Gas Hot Water Pilot Light in Six Easy Steps

Updated: Oct 21, 2023

Step 1

Safety First: Before starting, ensure the gas supply valve near the water heater is in the "off" position. Additionally, open a nearby window or door to provide ventilation.

Step 2

Locate the Pilot Light: Look for the access panel near the bottom of your gas hot water heater. Remove the panel to expose the pilot light assembly.

Step 3

Turn the Gas Knob: Find the gas control knob near the pilot light assembly. Turn it to the "off" position and wait for about five minutes. This allows any residual gas to dissipate.

Step 4

Access the Pilot Light: Once the waiting period is over, locate the pilot light assembly, which typically has a red or black button or knob labelled "Pilot." Set the control knob to the "Pilot" position.

Step 5

Ignite the Pilot Light: While holding down the control knob in the "Pilot" position, press the igniter button (if available) until the pilot ignites. Continue holding the control knob for about one minute to allow the pilot light to stabilise.

Step 6

Restore Gas Supply: After one minute, release the control knob and turn it to the "on" position. This restores the gas supply to the main burner. Replace the access panel and ensure it is securely fastened.

Remember, if you encounter any difficulties or if the pilot light fails to remain lit after multiple attempts, it is recommended to consult a professional technician to assess and address the issue. Safety should always be the top priority when dealing with gas appliances.

It’s also essential to have your gas pipeline tested for leaks.

Licensed Gasfitting Specialist

(02) 9920 3473.


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