How do you check the pilot on a hot water heater?
- Open the door/cover over the pilot light access.
- Use a flashlight or a headlamp to find the burner inside.
- Turn the gas knob to “Pilot,” press and hold it down.
- While still holding the gas down, light that pilot.
- When the flame ignites, continue to hold the gas knob or button down for a full minute.
Also, how do I know if the pilot light is out on my water heater?
The pilot gas line is a small metal tube below the burner assembly and distinctive by the slight upturn at the end. It will be apparent, if the pilot is lit, by the small blue flame burning at the end. If you do not see a small blue flame burning, the pilot light is out.
Likewise, how do you relight a pilot light? Relight the pilot light. Turn the knob to “Pilot,” and let gas to flow to the pilot. Light a lighter or match, then push in the reset button. Hold your flame to the pilot light's opening. Keep the reset switch depressed until the pilot light is burning steadily.
Also to know is, is it dangerous if the pilot light goes out on water heater?
A device called a thermocouple is heated by the pilot light flame. As long as the thermocouple remains hot, gas is supplied to the pilot light. If the pilot light goes out, the gas is shut off and there is no danger of gas accumulating because the pilot light is out.
What causes the pilot light to go out?
Usually, a problem with the thermocouple causes the pilot light to go out. The thermocouple is the small copper rod that the pilot light hits. That's important because gas is always being supplied to the pilot to keep the flame lit. But if the pilot flame goes out, then the gas would still be released.