01 Mar 2016
Nothing can spoil the excitement of lighting your comfy-cozy fire faster than trying to turn on your gas fireplace and finding out it doesn’t work. Given below are a few of the common problems you may face with your gas fireplace and how you can fix some of them on your own. However, if the problem still isn’t resolved, or for certain types of repairs, you should call an expert. Simply call a professional gas fireplace installation and repair company and let them take care of the problem for you.
Pilot Light and Tube
This is one of the most common reasons why a gas fireplace will refuse to light. Experts recommend that you check the main gas valve and ensure the gas is turned on.
If you haven’t lit the pilot in a few months, there may be air stuck inside. You will need to purge the air out of the tubing if you want the fireplace to light. To do this, simply hold down the pilot button for a few minutes and let the air bleed out.
Insects (such as spiders) may lay nests in the tubing. This is an issue you should leave to the professionals so that you can avoid any damage to the tubing; do not try to handle it on your own.
Spark Igniter and Thermocouple
If the gas is coming from the pilot but the fireplace still refuses to light, the problem may be the spark igniter. Check the igniter and clear away any debris you may find between it and the thermocouple.
If the pilot lights each time but doesn’t stay lit for more than a few seconds or minutes, it might be a sign that the thermocouple has worn out. You could try to fix it by blowing some compressed air into the pilot area at regular intervals. If this doesn’t work, you will need to get it replaced. This is something you should bring in a professional for.
Valves, Connections, Modules
Some of the other problems you may have to deal with include defective valves, loose connections, and bad modules. These require the services of a licensed gas fireplace installation and repair company. They have the expertise to diagnose different brands of gas fireplaces and can repair or replace any damaged or malfunctioning parts safely and efficiently.
Remember that even the smallest of repairs could end up becoming big problems and could cost you a lot of money if you are not sure what you’re doing. If you’ve tried the possible solutions above and still can’t get it working – or if it’s not working correctly – don’t sit in the cold. Call a gas fireplace installation and heating repair services company right away.
At Wolfschmidt Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we offer service and installation of large heating systems, and we offer heating repair and installation on specialty heating systems like your gas fireplace. If you’ve tried the possible solutions above and still can’t get it working – or if it’s not working correctly – don’t sit in the cold. Call Wolfschmidt Plumbing, Heating & Cooling so we can get a cozy fire going for you right away.