Should You Turn Off Your Fireplace Pilot Light? How Do You Turn It Off?

As the weather warms up and you’re ready to make the switch from cozying up in front of the fireplace to opening your windows and breathing in the cool, spring air, you may have a few questions about what you need to do in your home. One of the biggest questions for those who heat their home with propane and use a gas fireplace is this: “Should I turn off my fireplace pilot light?”

Ultimately, it is up to you whether you turn the pilot light off or not. If you live in an area that gets cold at night, don’t want to have to worry about having to re-light the pilot light, you can absolutely leave it on!

There is also no big reason to keep your fireplace pilot light lit when it is not being used during the spring and summer. Turning off your pilot light will save you money on your utility bill, because even if the fireplace is not on, it is still burning gas. It will also continue to emit some warmth, which may cause you to turn your air conditioning down during the hottest months when you want to keep your home cooled.

So how do you turn your fireplace pilot light off?

Turning your pilot light off is much simpler than turning it on. Locate the knob that controls whether the pilot light is on or off. Depending on your fireplace, you can either turn the switch directly to the “off” position, or you may have to push in and turn – consult your manual just in case! Check to make sure the pilot flame is out and you’re good to go!

If you are still having difficulties turning on your pilot light or questions about your gas fireplace, contact your nearest Revere location for assistance.