To clean a pilot light, use a stiff wire brush, a metal file and an air compressor to clear away buildup. You also need water and gloves. You need to disconnect all sources of gas and electricity before cleaning.Know More
Locate the power switch and flip the switch to cut the power off to the appliance. In some cases, the appliance's electrical source comes from a plug and can be disconnected from the wall directly.
Turn off all gas and wait 10 minutes. Ensure that no open flames are in the area. Do not clean or inhale the air if you smell gas or suspect that it is on or has leaked.
With an adjustable wrench, remove the bracket and nuts that hold the thick, copper thermocouple wire and blue metal pilot in place. Remove the thermocouple, pilot and gas lines, and put everything to the side.
With a stiff wire brush, clear away buildup inside and outside of the pilot. Follow behind with a metal file to grind away tough, burnt particles. An air compressor can help to clear away leftover dust.
Put the thermocouple and pilot back in their original places, and be sure the gas lines are reassembled properly. Reset the power and gas to your preferred setting.
Every gas dryer model is slightly different; the instruction manual or manufacturer's specifications contains instructions to safely light the pilot light of a gas dryer. Most modern appliances do not have pilot lights and instead rely on piezoelectric spark to light the gas. Problems with this type of light are best handled by the manufacturer or an authorized repair technician.Full Answer >
In order to adjust a pilot light, it must be properly lit and its adjustment screw turned until the flame is 3/8 of an inch. Most modern heating devices no longer require pilot lights and instead use an electrical ignition system, which helps the stove top or burner from wasting unused energy.Full Answer >
Possible reasons why a pilot light may not stay lit include a problem with the thermocouple, a dirty pilot tub or a strong draft. A problem with a pilot light may cause a gas leak should be fixed immediately.Full Answer >
Once the pilot valve has been set to the "pilot" position, lighting a pilot light simply requires using a match or lighter. After the pilot light is producing a steady flame, the valve can be set to the "on" position, which indicates that the unit is ready to work.Full Answer >