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Video:How to Light a Gas Stove Pilot Light

with Debbie Anderson

Gas stove pilot lights may not stay lit. Learn how to safely light a gas stove pilot light with this video tutorial.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Light a Gas Stove Pilot Light

Hi! I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com! If you've ever tried to turn on the burner on your gas stove, only to discover that the flame to the burner doesn't light anymore, it could be that the pilot light has gone out under the stove's range top. So, today I'm going to show you how to safely light a gas stove pilot light on a range top in just a few easy steps!

Use Caution When Lighting a Gas Stove Pilot

For this task, you will need a long handled butane lighter. Before getting started, always open windows and doors to improve ventilation while you are working on the gas stove. Next, make sure that all of the stove top burner knobs are turned to the "Off" position.

Then, carefully remove the burners on the stove top and set them aside in a safe location. Once the burners have been removed, carefully lift the front of the stove's range top in an upward direction to expose the gas burner lines underneath.

Expose the Gas Stove's Pilot Port

For both the left and right sides of the stove top burners, you will notice a main gas line running in between each set of the burners. In the center of the burners there will be a small hole in the gas line called a pilot port, and this is where the flame for the pilot light is suppose to burn at all times. If there isn't a flame here, then we need to relight it.

Safely Light the Gas Stove Pilot Light

While keeping your body at a safe distance away from the flame, hold the flame end of your long handled butane lighter over the pilot port and quickly light the flame on the lighter over the pilot port between the two burners on the main gas line.

Repeat this process until all of the pilot lights are lit for the stove's range top. Next, carefully close the stove's range top and place the burners back on top of the stove top. Finally, turn each of the gas burners back on to double check that all of the burners on the gas stove are now lighting properly.

As always, if you ever feel unsafe relighting a pilot light on your gas stove by yourself or you can't keep the pilot light lit, always call a professional to come take care of the problem for you! Thank you for watching! To learn more, please visit us on the web at About.com!

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