Gas Fireplace Trouble? Try These 3 Tips

It is a hassle when your gas fireplace decides to stop working on you, and it is definitely inconvenient when it decides to do this during the middle of wintertime. If you are inexperienced with troubleshooting and repairing your fireplace, it is that much more of a headache. However, with a few tips, you may be able to get your gas fireplace back up and working again.

When Your Problem Is with the Ignition…

You will want to look for tripped breakers in your breaker box. If you notice that a breaker has been tripped, simply reset it. You will also want to make sure that the gas valve is open. If it is not, it will need to be opened up to restore gas flow. Finally, you will need to check your current propane levels. You could have ran out of propane without realizing it. Alternatively, there could be an issue with the gas lines, so you may want to call a professional to come out and check them.

When Your Problem Is with the Pilot Light…

If your pilot light has gone out, relight it by following the instructions from the manufacturer. It isn't uncommon for the pilot light to have been blown out by a strong draft. You can prevent this from happening again in the future by ensuring that your vent cap is secure. It may be necessary to repair or replace it. If the pilot light continues to go out, you may need to contact a professional for assistance, as there may be damage to the thermopile or wiring.

When Your Problem Is with Strange Odors or Sounds…

If you are noticing that there are unpleasant odors or strange sounds coming from your gas fireplace, then you may have a minor to major problem depending on the situation. In most cases, unpleasant odors – while annoying –mean that your fireplace just needs a good cleaning. Keep in mind that your fireplace, like other things in your home, should be cleaned on a regular basis, including the chimney and the flue.

Now, if you are dealing with strange noises, you should investigate further. While it could be nothing at all, it could be a sign of a faulty blower. Generally, when your blower is going out, it will make a very high-pitched screeching sound. If this is the type of noise that you are hearing, it is recommended to call a professional, such as from A One Heating & Air Conditioning, for replacement.