How To Light A Pilot Light On A Gas Oven
A pilot light is a small blue flame that serves as an ignition source on your oven to flare up its gas burner. Once the furnace is turned "on" - the valves of an oven releases a small amount of gas into the burner that the pilot light then ignites. Its flame is meant to burn continuously, at a low level and feeds more gas to the fire once the oven is turned on. Let's cover how to light a pilot light on a gas oven.
Fixing The Pilot Light Problem
The most common problem people encounter in an oven is that the pilot light doesn't ignite. There's an easy way to fix this problem. Here's how to light a pilot light on a gas oven.
Step 1: Switch everything off
As always, safety comes first. Make sure to turn off everything. Check the nobs of the burners. Make sure that its dial is pointed at the off sign. Check the gas if it's off as well. Open the windows in your kitchen in case any gas leaks are coming out on your oven. Wait for five minutes to allow gas time to disappear.
Step 2: Remove the oven door
Open the oven door and bring it all the way down to expose the hinges connecting it to the oven. Unlock the metal hinges by flipping it and slowly lift and pull the oven door towards you to release it from the oven.
Step 3: Clean the pilot light
Look if there's any label on your oven that says "pilot light." It's a small hole located at the bottom and in the middle of your oven, near the door opening. For some oven, it's located at the back corner. Check if there's any grease or dirt stock in the hole of your pilot light. Wipe it gently using a small brush or microfiber cloth to remove the dirt.
Step 4: Test the pilot light
After removing the dirt, test your pilot light if it works. Turn on your oven to ignite a flame on your pilot light.
Note: If your oven has a stovetop, try turning it on and see if it works. Sometime the problem might be that you don't have any more gas.
Step 5: Use a long match or long lighter
If the pilot light is still not working even after cleaning it, you can use a long match or long lighter and manually create a flame. Light the match and turn on your oven control knob. Hold the match near the hole where the pilot light is located. A small blue flame will light up once you ignited the pilot light. If there's no match or lighter available, you can use a rolled paper. Make sure that it's long enough to give distance between your hand and the pilot light.
Step 6: Re-install oven door
Once your pilot light is working return your oven door back in place. Make sure to turn off your oven first before re-installing your oven door. Since you already know where the pilot light is located, it's easier to ignite it with a long match even after you put back your oven door.
If your pilot light still doesn't work after doing the steps above a couple of times, then the problem must be with your oven. Please turn off your oven, and do not attempt to fix it yourself. Contact your manufacturer and let them know the problem instead.