View Full Version : very stupid question about my stove
06-07-2007, 03:39 PM
So, I think my pilot light went off on my stove. When I tried to turn in on this morning to make a scrabbled egg before work, the gas just went on but it didn't light. How do I re-light my pilot light? I am very nervous about catching myself on fire.
06-07-2007, 04:34 PM
If it's a classic 4 burner stove, the whole top of the stove lifts up, much like a car hood. The pilot light is in there. Usually, you can see the piping that takes the gas to the burners. The pilot light will be along that.
06-07-2007, 04:41 PM
So I just hold a match to this? While I am turning on a burner? I am really stupid when it comes to this type of stuff. PLease do a little more of a walk through. This is very helpful so far, thanks.
06-07-2007, 04:45 PM
Well, you can turn on the burner and hold a match to it. That'll light the burner. But not the pilot light. Hold a match to the pilot light, which will either look like a small opening in the pipe, or a little tiki hut. Put a match to that and it will light without turning on the burner. There's always a small trickle of gass coming out of that to keep it lit.
06-07-2007, 04:47 PM
You might look at the other two burners to see where the pilot light is when it is functioning. (I'm assuming that only half of the stove is out). That is, if you haven't already fixed it.
06-07-2007, 05:18 PM
This happened to me - the whole pilot light went out, and my stove and my oven both stopped working.
I called the landlord, since, like you, I was scared of burning my house down.
Next day, it worked again! it's like magic!
my father would disapprove of the lack of common sense and life knowledge in this thread.
06-07-2007, 06:15 PM
I have always had a newer stove, without a pilot light issue...that is why this has never come up before. But yes, when mechanics are involved, I lack common sense. I am sorry America.
06-07-2007, 08:10 PM
I got one of those long lighters that you can light a grill with. You can get them at CVS, Walgreens b/c I don't think it's smart to stick your whole hand in the stove to light the pilot light underneath.
Usually you can just turn the stove on until you hear that clicking sound and then light the burner area and your stove will work.
Or like someone else said, try the other burners. cause that would happen too with mine. One wouldn't work but then another one would and then once that one worked, all was well with the others
I'm originally from Florida so that's what I use as my excuse since they got all electric stoves down there. It doesn't matter that I've been here for 4 years. :)
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