How to Turn on a Gas Fireplace Valve?
Many of us enjoy the warm glow of a fireplace during cold weather. However, before you start using your gas fireplace, there are a few things you should know about how to turn on a gas fireplace valve.
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First, make sure the valve is off if it is not already. This should be easy to do as the valve is often located within the fireplace itself near where the controls are found.
Next, remove the cover or screen over the control panel and access the valve. Then, use a wrench to turn it counterclockwise. Once the valve opens, shut it off immediately to avoid a gas leak or other hazardous situation.
Now, you should be able to see the gas valve and the pilot light. If your gas fireplace has a key control, insert the key into the key slot and twist it until you hear a hissing sound.
When you hear a hissing noise, it means the pilot is working and gas is flowing into the logs. If the pilot doesn’t work, then it could mean that your thermocouple or thermopile is not functioning properly.
If your thermocouple or thermopile is malfunctioning, call a professional to fix it as soon as possible. They can test the thermostat and determine if it is functioning properly, as well as check for other issues.
Before you begin lighting your gas fireplace, read the user manual carefully. Each model is different and there may be some special elements or features that you should never try to manipulate without proper guidance.
The manual will also tell you if the fireplace requires electricity or not. If it does, you can usually turn the gas on with a simple switch on the wall or remote control. Some models have a control knob with high or low options to adjust the height of the flame.
For models that do not have a control knob, you can manually ignite the pilot with the help of a long butane lighter. It is best to have this lighter nearby or store it in a handy location with the rest of your fireplace accessories so you don’t lose it when you need it.
Once the pilot light is lit, you can then move on to the actual fire. Some units have a “Spark” position on the control dial where you will need to depress it to get the ignition process started. Then, hold the dial in this position for a few seconds while you wait for the spark process to be complete.
This may take a few attempts depending on how old your gas fireplace is and how long it hasn’t been used. Afterward, you can then rotate the dial to the “On” position and adjust the size of the flame using the high or low options, if there are any.
After this, you can enjoy your beautiful new gas fireplace and feel a sense of warmth while you are at it! Then, when you are ready to go to bed or leave the house, just remember to turn your fireplace off, as this will help to save you energy and lower your gas bill.