Many people turn off their gas fireplaces in the summer months to conserve natural gas or propane but often need a reminder on how to light the pilot light in the fall.
First, locate the fireplace controls, they are located usually behind a louver or panel at the bottom of the fireplace. Next, locate the control knob on the gas valve, it usually has 3 labels Off, On, and Pilot. You will also want to locate the ignitor button; it looks very similar to a starter on a barbecue grill.
Turn the control knob to pilot and push it in. While pushing the control knob in, push the ignitor button 3 or 4 times and watch for the pilot light to ignite. It is very important that you don’t let go of the pilot control knob even after the pilot light has ignited. Continue to press the control knob in for 30 seconds after the pilot light is lit. After 30 seconds, let go of the control knob and the pilot light should stay lit. Turn the control knob to on and then flip your switch or thermostat on and you’re all set.
If the pilot light doesn’t stay lit, repeat the steps above. If after the second attempt it still doesn’t ignite, then it may be time for a service call.
For fireplaces that require a key to turn on, you will need to remove the fireplace cover and insert the key into the gas valve knob. Before you turn it, you must prepare a lighter with a long enough head or a long match to reach safely into the fire pit next to the burner. Once the flame is active, move the gas valve knob half a turn counter-clockwise at the same time. This will ignite the pilot light.