Pilot Lights

Important information on pilot lights - how they operate and function.

Most new natural gas appliances (with the exception of water heaters) have electronic ignition, and automatic shutoff valves to prevent the main burner from activating if the pilot is not lit. If the pilot light goes out, the automatic shutoff valve is activated and the appliance will safely shut off.

Many older natural gas appliances and most gas water heaters use pilot lights that burn continuously and may not feature automatic shutoff valves. If there is a gas odor from an unlit pilot light, report it to NW Natural.

Arrangements for access to the home must be made in advance in order to conduct a thorough examination and relight the appliance.