How to Light the Pilot Light in a Hotpoint Oven

Updated February 21, 2017

For many people, gas ovens and ranges are preferable to electric versions, as they provide you with more control over cooking temperature. If you own a Hotpoint oven that does not come equipped with an electronic ignition, it's essential to understand how to light the pilot lights for the burners and oven. According to Hotpoint, the burner pilot lights must be lit before you can light the oven pilot light.

Turn all of your burner control knobs to "Off."

Lift up the hob on your Hotpoint oven.

Light both pilots, using a long match. The pilot lights are located in the middle of the range between each set of burners.

Remove Hotpoint oven door by opening it a few inches. Hotpoint ovens have a special stop point when the door is opened a few inches that will hold the door open. Grab the door on each side and lift it straight up to remove.

Remove the oven shelves by sliding them toward you until they come free of the oven.

Remove the inside oven bottom. Reach inside the oven and remove the screws toward the rear of the oven bottom. Grab the oven bottom by the finger slots on each side and lift it up and slide it out of the oven.

Light the pilot light. The pilot light is located in the back of the oven bottom, attached to the left side of the oven burner. Light it by pushing in and holding the oven control knob. Hold a lit match near the pilot light until it ignites. Once the light is lit, keep holding the oven control know for at least one minute.

Reassemble your oven and verify the pilot light is actually working. Once the oven is reassembled, turn your oven control knob to a temperature above 126 degrees C. After a minute or so the oven burner should ignite and burn until the desired temperatures is reached.


Always make sure to turn the oven control and burner control knobs to the "Off" position when not in use.

Things You'll Need

  • Long matches, or a long match holder if you have short matches.
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