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.

In the DIY world we live in today, the tendency is to try to fix things on our own. Sometimes, the repair requires hiring a company who is licensed, certified, and ensure to tackle the issue. Take, for instance, a heating system that has broken down. This type of repair needs to be handled by trained professionals, such as the technicians at Wolfschmidt Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.

When hiring an HVAC repair and installation company, you will want to make sure that they have the training and experience necessary to handle your job affordably and efficiently. Here are three tips you can use when researching companies to handle your heating repair and air conditioning repair needs:

Licensing and Certification

There are a variety of certifications you should look for when hiring an HVAC repair company. The three types you should ask about are the North American Technical Excellence (NATE), the HVAC Excellence, and the EPA 608 certifications. It is preferred that they have all three. In addition, ask for their license number(s), the status of which you can check through your state’s licensing department.

References, Reviews, and Referrals

A company is only as good as the experience of its previous customers. You can request references from an HVAC repair contractor and inquire about their personal experience with the company. This should give you a better idea of their performance in different situations. Also helpful are online reviews. Go online, do a search, and read what other customers have to say. Finally, ask around. Reach out to friends, neighbors, and/or coworkers and find out if they have a company they would recommend.

Contracts and Insurance

A reputable HVAC repair company will stand behind their work, long after the job is done. Their contract should specifically list the work to be done, any required equipment to be installed, and a full breakdown of costs. In addition to any warranties on new parts, you’ll want to have a guarantee in writing regarding their workmanship. This guarantee should be listed on the written contracts that you would sign.

Proper insurance coverage on behalf of the HVAC company is important. They should have at least a $1,000,000 (per occurrence) General Liability policy, which would cover your property or person in the event of damage or injury. You can ask for a copy of their coverage in advance.

Hiring a company to do heating repair services to your own is an important decision. By doing due diligence in advance, you can feel confident that you have selected the best company to meet your needs. Don’t wait until something goes wrong; do the research now so that you have a heating repair services company at the ready should a malfunction occur.

26 Mar / 2015


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