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Light Your Water Heater’s Pilot

Step 1: Remove the bottom plate concealing the burner door and sight glass.

Step 2: Mark the temperature control, so you can return it to the original setting.
Mark temperature control

Step 3: Set the temperature and regulator dial to pilot lighting.

Step 4: Make sure your spark igniter is functional. Click it a few times, and check for spark through the slight glass.
Test the spark igniter

Step 5: Hold down the pilot switch and spark the igniter until the pilot flame is lit. Continue to hold the pilot switch down for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Once the pilot switch is released, the pilot flame should stay lit. If it goes out, the thermocouple, temperature cut-off switch, or gas control may be at fault.
Light the pilot

Step 6: Turn the regulator valve to the on position. Turn the temperature dial back to the original setting. You’ve successfully lit your water heater!