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When it comes to heating your home, you have several options for fuel and equipment. One great option is a gas fireplace. Here are some benefits to consider for installing a gas fireplace in your home.

Constant Heat

A gas fireplace provides a constant heat source, one of its best features. Unlike a wood fireplace, you don’t have to worry about your fire going out and rebuilding it. Unlike a furnace, you don’t have to wait for it to get cold and kick on. You can ignite a gas fireplace for a steady source of warmth to keep your home and family cozy whenever you feel a chill.

Low Maintenance

A gas fireplace is lower maintenance than a wood burning fireplace. It is simple to turn on and doesn’t take long to heat up. Wood-burning fireplaces require a lot of attention – from having dry, cut hardwood on hand, storing the wood and carrying in the wood to the fireplace. And once the fire is built, it takes care and attention to maintain the fire. After the fire is extinguished, care must be given to clearing out the ashes. With a gas burning fireplace, you simply turn it on and relax. There’s no mess, no ash, and wood to bring in from outdoors.

Lower Insurance Rates

It is not uncommon for insurance companies to require a separate policy for wood-burning fireplaces. Some policies are excluding coverage for damage caused by them. With a gas fireplace, you can have the warmth of a fireplace and save money on your homeowners policy.

No Worry About Allergies

If someone living in your home suffers from allergies, the byproducts of a wood-burning fireplace can present a health challenge. With a gas fireplace, this isn’t even an issue. This means less aggravation for the allergy sufferer and better overall health for your family.

Efficient Heating

A gas fireplace heats more efficiently than a wood-burning fireplace. Newer models of gas fireplaces allow for zoned heating, where you can only heat one room, or several, depending on your needs. Because a wood fireplace is open, heat escapes through the chimney. A gas fireplace is more efficient with little loss of heat through its chimney.

Safety First

Safety is always a key concern. House fires are always a risk in homes with wood fireplaces. A gas fireplace doesn’t pose as many risks because there are no sparks, no hot ashes, and no opening the door when the fire is started.

Wolfschmidt Plumbing, Heating & Cooling can help you convert from wood to gas or provide you with gas fireplace installation. If you have any questions about more of the benefits of gas fireplaces, or any other home heating concerns, call or contact us today.

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.

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