How to Turn on a Gas Fireplace?

If you’re looking for a way to add a warm and inviting feel to your home, consider a gas fireplace. These units come in a variety of styles and sizes, and many are relatively easy to operate. However, you should always follow your owner’s manual if you’re unsure how to light a gas fireplace or how to turn it on and off. 

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First, you’ll want to find the control panel for your gas fireplace (if it has one). Most of these panels are located around the base of the unit behind a decorative screen. Some have multiple control dials and some are single-dial, allowing you to adjust the flame height and other features. 

Next, you’ll need to know how to use the ignition button for the spark igniter. These are usually located in the base of the unit, just above the burner. They will look like a little red button that you would see on a gas grill. 

Once you’ve found the igniter button, push it a few times until a spark appears. Some gas fireplaces may take several attempts to ignite. 

You should then hold the pilot button down for about 15 to 30 seconds to warm up the thermocouple and ensure that the flame stays lit. Different units may recommend slightly different durations for this, so it’s important to follow the instructions provided by your unit’s manufacturer. 

Then, rotate the pilot knob to the “On” position if your unit has one, and adjust the flame height with the “High/Low” switch or knob, if available. Reattach the cover or screen over the control panel to complete the lighting process. 

Before you begin to light your gas fireplace, be sure that the chimney vent is closed and that there isn’t any flammable material in the area. If there is a buildup of gas or any other toxic material, you should leave the home immediately and call the fire department. 

If the fireplace has a key control, insert the key into the slot at the bottom of the unit. Some of these units are difficult to reach, so you’ll probably need an assistant. 

Alternatively, you can open the unit and remove its front cover. Most of these models are fairly simple to operate, and you’ll be able to control the gas flow by turning a lever or a knob inside the unit. 

Finally, if your unit has a wall switch, you can manually light the pilot light without a key. This will require you to wear heat-resistant gloves while holding a long lighter or fireplace match to the burner to ignite the pilot light. 

Depending on the model of your gas fireplace, you might need to lift up a metal grate or door at the bottom of the unit to access the controls. Some have multiple valves, so be sure to check your model’s owner’s manual for specific instructions.