How Did You Repair A Gas Fireplace?
Gas fireplaces are an easy way to add warmth to your home. They don’t require wood or ashes, and they are also more efficient than their wooden counterparts. However, they do need to be serviced in order to keep them working properly and avoid failures.
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Thermocouple or Thermopile Problems
A thermocouple is an electrical sensor that is attached between the gas valve and the pilot light in your fireplace. It monitors the temperature in your home and automatically ignites your gas fireplace when it reaches a certain level. It may need to be adjusted or replaced if your unit is more than a few years old.
You can try adjusting your thermostat to see if that helps, but it’s best to hire a professional if you need a repair. You can find a certified technician on our Find Certified Technicians page.
The Pilot Light Isn’t Staying Lit
The most common reason for a gas fireplace to stop lighting is a problem with the pilot light system. A clogged or dirty pilot light orifice can prevent the fireplace from igniting, while improper gas pressure can cause a burner to run erratically. If these issues aren’t fixed, the unit will need to be repaired or replaced by a professional.
Low Flames and Excess Soot Buildup
A faulty or broken burner can cause a low-burning gas fireplace to produce little flames. Carbon build-up and gas residue can also block the burner’s ability to operate properly. If this is the case, it’s necessary to have the burner inspected and cleaned by a professional chimney sweep company.
Misplaced Logs and Embers
Improperly placed embers and logs can disrupt the flow of the gas fire, leading to excess soot build-up and a low-burning fireplace. This can happen if the logs are placed too far away or if they are not arranged according to manufacturer specifications. A professional can replace or reposition these items and make sure they are in alignment with the fireplace’s burners to prevent this from happening again.
If the gas fireplace’s glass is cloudy, it could be due to hard mineral buildup. A professional can clean it with a specially designed cleaner to remove this residue and ensure it’s safe for use again.
Another issue that can cause the fireplace’s glass to become cloudy is hard water buildup. This buildup can cause a white tint to the glass and isn’t an emergency, but it does need to be addressed.
The Glass Is Not Cleaning Well
If your glass is not cleaning well, it might be a sign that you need to have it reglazed. A professional can use a special cleaning solution to remove this residue and restore your glass to its original clarity.
Often, a reglazed glass will cost a lot less than replacing it. A professional can help you get the job done quickly and safely, so you can enjoy your gas fireplace once again.
Inspecting Your Gas Fireplace
A professional can inspect your gas fireplace for any potential problems, including the ignition system, the hoses, and the chimney. These professionals are trained to handle these issues and they know how to identify them before they worsen.