All About Pilot Lights

On a daily basis, we receive calls from customers who need help with oven repairs, but sometimes, customers simply need advice about their ovens. One of the most common questions that we receive is how to light the pilot light on a gas oven.

Often, when a gas oven’s baking or broiling elements fail to heat up, homeowners assume that the problem relates to the pilot light, and it’s easy to understand why. In older gas oven models, the pilot light that supplies the spark to the oven’s ignitor would often become extinguished and need to be re-lit.

The problems related to pilot lights led many manufacturers to develop new technologies for igniting gas ovens. As a result, many new models don’t contain pilot lights at all. Instead of creating a spark with a flame, these newer models use electricity to heat a metal glow bar or coil that powers the ignitor.

In ovens that use glow bars or coils, a sudden failure of the baking or broiling element is likely due to a bad ignitor. Because this part is used so often, it is common for it to become worn out and break. Replacing an ignitor is a relatively quick job, and our team here at Matic Service can perform this type of oven repair at an affordable price.

If you have an oven that does have a pilot light, you can relight it by holding a long wooden match or a camping lighter near the light until a flame appears. It’s important, though, that you use caution and never attempt to light the pilot light if you smell a strong odor of natural gas. To be sure that the situation is safe, you can call our team at Matic Service to come out and have a look.