If a pilot light repeatedly goes out or is difficult to light, there may be a safety problem. Do not try to fix the problem yourself. You are taking the risk of starting a fire or an explosion if you attempt to light a pilot light yourself. It is strongly recommended that only a qualified professional light any pilot light that has gone out.


Leave it to the experts

Only a qualified professional has the training to install, inspect, service, maintain, and repair your appliances. Have your appliances and propane system inspected just before the start of each heating season.

Help your appliances “breathe”

Check the vents of your appliances to be sure that flue gases can flow easily to the outdoors. Clear away any insect or bird nests or other debris. Also, clear the area around your appliances so plenty of air can reach the burner for proper combustion.

Do not try to install, modify or repair valves, regulators, connectors, controls, or other appliance and cylinder/tank parts.

Doing so creates the risk of a gas leak that can result in property damage, serious injury, or death.

Have older appliance connectors inspected

Certain older appliance connectors may crack or break, causing a gas leak. If you have an older appliance, have a qualified professional inspect the connector. Do not do this yourself, as movement of the appliance might damage the connector and cause a leak.

Flammable vapors are a safety hazard

A pilot light on your propane appliance can ignite vapors from gasoline, paint thinners, and other flammable liquids. Be sure to store and use flammable liquids outdoors or in an area of the building containing no propane appliances. Do not risk it! If you cannot operate any part of your propane system, or if you think an appliance or other device is not working properly, call your propane retailer or a qualified professional for assistance.

Gas can leak through an open gas line

If you disconnect an appliance from a gas line or are otherwise aware of an open gas line, be sure to contact your propane retailer or a qualified professional to close, cap, or plug the open gas line.

Information courtesy of Propane Education & Research Council.

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