Pilot Light or Electronic Ignition
You may need to re-light your natural gas appliances after a disruption in service. It's important to know which of your appliances have a pilot light. Many furnaces, garage heaters, ranges, gas clothes dryers, and newer water heaters have electronic ignition, not a pilot light, and will not need to be relit.
For gas burning appliances with a pilot light, review these instructions before you start:
- Switch the power off to any gas-burning appliances with a fan (i.e. your furnace) and turn the water temperature dial on your water heater to summer or vacation mode as applicable.
- Turn all appliance gas valves to the off position.
- Check to make sure the main gas valve (by the gas meter) is in the open position. If it is in the closed position, use a crescent wrench to open it (see below).
- If the regulator does not have a plunger, continue to step 4.
- If the regulator has a plunger, remove the cap and pull the plunger out about one inch (the plunger should stay in its “pulled out” position), then continue to step 4.
- Check around all gas burning equipment and gas piping. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the appliance valve or the main gas valve and Contact Us. We will send a Technician to inspect your piping and appliances.
- Relight appliances according to the manufacturer's instructions in the appliance manual or as found on the appliance itself.
There are many makes and models of furnaces and hot water heaters; these steps are for the most common. If you require assistance, Contact Us and one of our technicians will help you.