How to Turn on Your Gas Fireplace?
Gas fireplaces are an attractive and convenient way to add warmth to your home. A gas fireplace is often designed to use natural gas or propane as fuel. They can also be used during power outages. However, you should be aware of some safety precautions when using them. You should always read the instructions in your owner’s manual and consult an expert on how to operate your fireplace.
(Looking for modern gas fireplace repair? Contact us today!)
Most gas fireplaces have a control panel that controls the burner and allows you to adjust the flame. These controls are located on the floor or on a surround near the fireplace. In addition, you can turn your fireplace on or off with a key. Some models are equipped with electronic ignition wall switches. It is important to note that if you turn your gas fireplace off, it will extinguish the fire, but it will not save energy. If the flame does not go out, you should immediately call a gas service provider to fix the problem.
To turn your fireplace on, you will need to turn the gas valve knob to the “PILOT” position. The gas valve should be at the bottom of the fireplace. Once you have turned the valve to the “PILOT” position, you can turn the gas knob right or left to adjust the height of the flame. Depending on the model, the valve will also have a high or low setting.
When you have your valve in the pilot position, you may hear a click sound as the ignition switch begins to work. Be sure to release pressure on the valve as soon as you hear the click. This will ensure that the gas is not escaping through the knob.
Before you can light the fireplace, you will need to remove the front screen. Next, you will need to open the control panel and access the control knob. Typically, this is hidden behind the decorative panel.
Your control knob will have three labels on it: On, Off, and Pilot. Hold the control knob down for thirty seconds to let the thermocouple warm up. After this time, you can hold it down longer for a more extended period of time.
As you continue to press down on the knob, you should hear a click sound. Eventually, the gas should start to come out and the pilot light should start to illuminate. Remember that you will need to hold the control knob in the pilot position for at least fifteen to thirty seconds to keep the flame lit.
When you are ready to light the flame, you will need to press the ignition switch, or a red button that is located near the control knob. You may need to push the switch a number of times in order to ignite the pilot. Many newer gas fireplaces have electric ignition. An electrical ignition is usually easier to use than a manual ignition.
You may also have a key to use in order to operate your gas fireplace. If you have a key, be sure to store it in a safe place. Otherwise, you will need to prepare a long match and place it inside the gas valve.