How to Light a Water Heater with Electronic Pilot

It is winter and icy weather, right? During this time, we know the water is freezing. That’s why you need an excellent and effective solution. The water heater can be a good choice.

But many people often face problems with water heaters. They do not even know how to light a water heater. Therefore, it’s an important issue to know about the lighting process of a water heater. So, how to light a water heater? Here we shall look into some crucial information and beneficial tips about this process that you can go for without facing any difficulties.

How to Light a Water Heater with Electronic Pilot

Electronic Water Heater

Electric water heaters are usually special devices for electrically heating water.

If you want to get hot water at home easily, then, of course, you can buy an electric water heater.  Basically, the electrical resistance is being positioned into the tank and up the water using very little energy. 

An electric water heater is cheap and the installation is also quite easy, so if you have a limited budget, this is an option worth considering.

Terms of Use and Procedure

The usage rules of these water heating devices are as follows –

  • Make sure that water does not get on the heater’s body while having an electrical connection.
  • You can use a dry cloth for extra care to hold the heater handle.
  • Use a separate electrical connection for the water heater.
  • Turn off the switch and disconnect the heater.
  • Water heaters on a sheet or metal sticks cannot be used for heating any liquid other than water. 
  • Leaf water heaters have to be used by dipping the rest of the water except the handle.

How to light a new water heater

  •  temperature and power button correctly. Turn the temperature dial to the lowest level before turning on the water heater.
  • Press the pilot’s ignition button.  Do this while creating a spark.  While holding the button, Push the spark generator.
  • Hold the pilot button for 20 to 30 seconds.  After seeing the spark, I still did not release the ignition button.  Keep pressing it for 20 to 30 seconds so that it gets hot enough before it leaves.
  • Activate the power button.  Then manage the temperature level. Most people have them at 50 degrees.

At this point, you may not see the flame through the small glass window.

How to light without an electronic pilot (Igniter)

Use a long-sized lighting system for reaching out to the pilot. Notice, there is a plate under the dial box. Pull it away.  Turn off the pilot. After waiting for a certain period, reduce the hating level. 

After that, switch the igniter to pilot, position a Dial pad with an ON/OFF system. Now just lit the heater without an electronic pilot. 

Finally, Manage the temperature range.

Notice: If you can’t light the pipe on the first try, you shouldn’t try again. It can cause an explosion. You could rather get help from an expert.

How to relight a water heater

Your water heater is on. It should be turned off after your work.  And if hot water is needed again, it is necessary to relight the heater. You can do this from the comfort of your own home.

First, reduce your water heater temperature by dialing the “Low” button. Then turn the “on/off” dial downward to the pilot and at the same time force the igniter. Release the igniter but keep pressing the pilot for 20-30 seconds. You may hear the ‘hush’ sound when the gas is ignited. Now, your water heater is ready to run again.

Electronic Water Heater vs. Gas Water Heater

Currently, two types of water heaters are being used more.  One is gas powered and the other is electric. Here, I have portrayed the difference between them in the following. 

  • One of the main differences between a gas heater and the electric heater is that one is operated by gas fuel and the other is by electrical power. 
  • The gas heater can heat the water in short timing. On the other hand, the electric-powered one needs extra time.
  • The gas heater is less affordable when the electrical one is quite budget-friendly.
  • The electrical heater is much more friendly to the environment, On the other hand, the gas heater is vice versa. 
  • Using experience may differ from person to person, but more people prefer using the gas heater rather than the electric water heater.


Can I light a water heater using an electronic pilot manually?

If your water heater is manual, then the answer is ‘yes’. But most recent water heaters do not use permanent pilots. Rather they use electronic ignition by burning gas. It is better not to light an electronic ignition system manually. 

How to light a gas water heater?

In order to properly set up the operation of gas water heaters, you do not have to use much knowledge and skills. The device panel has a scale and two handles. There are sections on the first scale and are set to supply the water necessary using a handle. 

At the same time, the second scale and knob gas supply are intended to be set and adjusted. As soon as the device is installed, the gas column functionality needs to be adjusted. The device will be automatically launched and the water is heated.

Can you light a water heater with a lighter?

Yes, I can light my water heater with a lighter and it is safe. First, I turn on the burner knob of the heater to the pilot position. Then, I light the pilot of the heater with a lighter in that position. Finally, I switch ‘on’ of the burner knob and adjust the flame.


Water heaters provide a continual supply of hot water whenever you want. If you have an electric or gas water heater, you can turn it on without the help of a professional.  

For electric water heaters, you need to find the circuit breaker and activate it; on the other hand, the gas water heater needs to be pilot operated.  One of the most important steps is to make sure that the appliance is fully immersed in water before turning it on.

Water heaters are super easy, inexpensive, and viable to maintain. But they do result in huge costs. Once you enjoy the benefits of using a water heater, you may expect an awesome winter.

During this icy weather, have a sound life with the best use of a water heater. Thank you all.

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