How to relight a water heater pilot light



okay to light the pilot on your water heater just for reference the instructions should be right here on the water heater itself but a lot of times it's just nice to watch somebody do it instead of trying to figure out what knobs are what so we're gonna take this cover off which there and that's where you would see the flame there's nothing in there you can't see any fire so we know it's not wet again this is already in the off position and this dial is the temperature setting for the water heater and that's on the lowest setting there this pipe that comes out of it is the gas pipe and here there's a quarter-turn ball valve if the valve handle is perpendicular to the pipe then it's off if this was going that way then there's gas able to flow through the pipe this is also water pipes work – as far as perpendicular it goes okay so we know this is off and it's been off for a while if this isn't in the off position you're gonna want to wait at least five minutes for any gas that's been building up to clear out you don't want any explosions when you like this so and the other thing to do is to smell around and get a little low and close to this if you smell gas anywhere near here you've shut it off and and let the gas clear out open a window and if you need to call for help call a service guy and if you have a gas leak you don't ever want to light anything like this so again if you smell gas don't light it so first thing you'd want to do is to turn this knob to the pilot position now if you look up here this is off pilot on so the pilot position is there and you see this little notch it's hard to see from here there's a little notch there you go take it out of there and that allows you to push this button down so we're gonna get this started this again is in the lowest setting so I'm gonna turn on the gas here now that's allowing gas to flow I'm gonna hold down this button here that's letting gas go and then I'm gonna hit this little striker button and that should ignite there it goes first try you saw that as soon as I push this button here while I'm holding this down now you want to hold this button down for about a minute okay and once you've waited about a minute you can let go and make sure that that's still on if it's still lit like it is then you can now turn this into the on position okay so once it's like that you can turn this up to over whatever temperature setting you like and put your cover back on and that's basically it so let's say you're going to put that let's say you're going to turn it off really easy again you can turn this down shut your gas valve off always shut this off if you're going to turn this off and then you turn this dial back to the off position and you're done so anyway I hope that's helped

49 Comments

  • micahman11

    April 15, 2019

    Thank you so much!! Super helpful!! It was the exact same model as mine was too!

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  • kaysay716

    April 15, 2019

    Thank you Adam, I have hot water now!

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  • eddy V

    April 15, 2019

    I was about to call my plumber, then I realized there is a thing called youtube and also dude like Adam in there. 4:08 minutes later I saved money and my son was able to take a shower. Thank you very much brother.

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  • real isrealite

    April 15, 2019

    Just followed your directions to light pilot.Same water heater and pilot lit immediately,thanks

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  • V A

    April 15, 2019

    Thanks for the schoolin' Sir! Great job. Nice and simple.

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  • Luis Hernandez

    April 15, 2019

    Thanx

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  • Luis Hernandez

    April 15, 2019

    Easy

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  • Josh Williams

    April 15, 2019

    Thank you. Now i dont have to call the gas company and wait 3 days for them to come out.

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  • Amparo Rodriguez

    April 15, 2019

    hello I'm watching your video I made the whole process spark but it does not turn on the flame. I just moved and the house was for 7 months without gas but there is already gas which may be the reason why it does not turn on.

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  • Angel Sanchez Angulo

    April 15, 2019

    Hello, so I have problem to keep the lit on

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  • Travis N.

    April 15, 2019

    ? A minute or 30 seconds…. whichever comes first ?

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  • JOHNNY WAFFLES

    April 15, 2019

    Mine doesn't have a striker button is there another way to light it

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  • Robert fong-mow

    April 15, 2019

    What make and model Rheem do you have? I live in Canada. Cannot seem to find this model at the big box store. Thanks.

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  • Jose Lopez

    April 15, 2019

    Perfect video! Very simple, no uneccessary talking lol only great instructions. Thanks!

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  • Ellie Gonzalez

    April 15, 2019

    Whr do I even begin….thank you thank you THANK YOU!!!! I panicked after getting my gas reconnected due to me forgetting to pay the bill…gas man said I needed the cone at the top of the water heater so he didn't turn on the darn thing. Me being a single MOM in a house full of girls didn't knw how to turn it on. Saw your video….and no BAM the water heater is now ON!!!!

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  • beagle984

    April 15, 2019

    Excellant, straight forward,

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  • Thaiger 44

    April 15, 2019

    Great video, very detailed explanation, especially the safety stuff about smelling gas. The instructions were on the water heater, but unfortunately covered by an earthquake strap, so not easy to read. Rather than take off the strap, or guess, I came looking for a video just like this. Thanks!

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  • James Falvey

    April 15, 2019

    Been clicking for.over an hour…….. wish me luck

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  • karma akabane x nagisa shiota

    April 15, 2019

    Thank you so much but I'm too scared to try this so imma just hop on over to my sister's house to take a shower.

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  • Denis Lara

    April 15, 2019

    I don’t have the button to light it =(

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  • Tiffani gwynn

    April 15, 2019

    I have this same exact water heater and these steps aren’t working I’m not sure what to do .

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  • Jed Dornoff

    April 15, 2019

    Thank you

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  • CLEMENTINA HUMANA

    April 15, 2019

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  • jose villalobos

    April 15, 2019

    Thank you man really appreciate

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  • Yadira Mariscal

    April 15, 2019

    Thank you so much for this video, you saved me some $$

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  • DesanaRose

    April 15, 2019

    Of all the videos, this is the best one. I'm terrified of messing with stuff like. I'm scared of blowing up the house. But this video helped me put on my big girl panties and light that tank! Thank you.

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  • Omgilovesteak

    April 15, 2019

    thanks.

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  • Veronica J

    April 15, 2019

    I just fixed my water heater but mine is different than his. This helps a single mom out alot. No extra $$$ spend.

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  • Hannah Gastineau

    April 15, 2019

    I learned the hard way that you should gradually warm it up, not to go straight to hot. Otherwise too much pressure builds up and the overflow pipe gushes water lol

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  • Star love

    April 15, 2019

    Thank you for your guidance.?

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  • miamae1forlife

    April 15, 2019

    Thank u so much this was very helpful

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  • Shawn Homan

    April 15, 2019

    Wow..thankx a million!!!

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  • palabrajot505

    April 15, 2019

    So the gas valve needs to be off if the pilot switch is off? If it's not, does this cause a risk of gas leakage? I thought the thermocouple prevents that.

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  • Oscar Montes

    April 15, 2019

    Thank you!! After watching ur video, it was easy,, thanx again, I gained points with the wife!!

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  • Evelin

    April 15, 2019

    Is the gas supposed to make a realeasing sound? Idk if it did before?

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  • ruben aceves junior

    April 15, 2019

    Thanks it works your video is amazing I got my water heater to turn on again

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  • Michael Mohagen

    April 15, 2019

    I have a similar water heater, however, it is not reigniting, what else could be the issue?

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  • Erts Warthron

    April 15, 2019

    Thanks for the help

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  • Vicki Shaw

    April 15, 2019

    My husband's out of town and this really saved me. Thanks so much!

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  • E. Garcia90

    April 15, 2019

    mines got wet and turned off can i still attempt to turn it on or no?

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  • Kari Hatake

    April 15, 2019

    Ok, so i did this, from reading sections of the washed off instructions on the heater…. but j didn’t turn the dial to the lowest heart. Is it going to be an issue?

    I thought it was weird when it finally turned on and the flame got immediately bigger. Just wondering because it’s already on, but I don’t want to go to work and come back to an explosion ? HELP

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  • Parvinder Singh

    April 15, 2019

    It saved me spending $1582, as technician offered me to fix another small repair for free. Thanksomuch for loading this.

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  • Montsergirl

    April 15, 2019

    Thank you!! How sad I am a plumbing and heating techs daughter…. I appreciate the help!!

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  • The1theycall Foo

    April 15, 2019

    Everything looks the same but I don't have a striker button. Wtf.

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  • WHITEBOY 39TH

    April 15, 2019

    Thanks it worked

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  • Jeremy Stead

    April 15, 2019

    Thanks dude, mines old and I couldn’t see the directions.

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  • Alpha Stardust

    April 15, 2019

    Thank you for the information got it worjing

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  • Elaine Hump

    April 15, 2019

    What color will the flame be? Mine seems to have some orange to it.

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  • Nopulau Dah hou

    April 15, 2019

    I followed the instructions on the panel and in this video, my heater still won't light. Any suggestions after that?

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