What Do I Do If My Pilot Light Goes Out?

Always put propane safety first

no heat guide marylandMany modern propane-fueled heating equipment includes an electronic ignition. However, many older gas heating systems and some current versions continue to use a pilot light.

The pilot light is the little flame in your heating system that restarts the main burner and stops gas leaks. It’s intended to be lit at all times.

Occasionally, pilot lights go out. The intake valves may be clogged by dirt and dust, resulting in this situation. It can be put out with a draft. Because of a leak in your heating system, the pilot light may have gone out automatically. A thermocouple might have broken down.

If you detect the rotten-egg odor of propane gas, follow propane safety best practices and get everyone out of the house immediately. Once you are safely away, call 911 then Taylor.

Troubleshooting a pilot light

If you follow the steps below, you may be able to restart your pilot on your own without the need for a service call. This troubleshooting only pertains to pilot lights and does not apply to heating systems with electronic ignitions.

To get started, thoroughly read your heating system manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to the pilot light.

Find the gas valve for the pilot. It usually has markings for “ON,” “OFF,” and “PILOT.” Turn it to “OFF” and wait at least three minutes so it can reset.

Once three minutes have passed, turn the valve to “PILOT.” Then hold a lit match next to — not inside — the pilot light opening. Push and hold the reset button on the pilot control panel until the pilot light ignites while holding the match. Set it to “ON” once it lights up.

If these steps do not work, contact Taylor for assistance. Other possibilities need to be addressed by a professional service expert.

If you’re unsure or uncomfortable about performing any of these steps, contact us for a service call.

Taylor is committed to the safe handling and delivery of propane, as well as the safe installation and service of propane appliances. Contact us for all your propane needs.