Gas fireplaces make a wonderful addition to any home. Not only are gas fireplaces one of the most efficient ways to heat your home, they’re also easy to control and maintain, resulting in less soot production.
Gas fireplaces, like any household heating system, can run into some issues from time to time. Some of these problems can be fixed easily, while some may require the assistance of a professional. Here are some of the most common problems you may encounter with your gas fireplace as well as tips and tricks for solving them from the fireplace specialists at Igne Ferro.
Pilot Light
The pilot light is the ignition source of your gas fireplace. Your pilot light is responsible for lighting the gas as it’s brought from a tank or underground pipe system to your fireplace. If your fireplace won’t turn on, the pilot flame may have been blown out. If that’s the case, open the vent to see if the pilot flame is still burning and if not, relight it with a lighter or match. When relighting a pilot light, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on your owner’s manual to ensure safety.
Another common problem with pilot lights is a failure to connect with the gas supply. Check the gas valve on your fireplace and make sure that it’s open so gas can flow to your unit. If you have a gas tank, check to see if the gas level has been exhausted, or if you receive gas for a utility company, contact them to make sure your supply hasn’t been cut off. If you smell of suspect a gas leak, turn off your gas supply immediately and call a professional for a safety inspection and repair.
Another common gas fireplace issue involves the thermopile, which is a metal probe that controls the opening of the unit’s gas valve. The thermopile is used as a sensor in electronically-controlled gas fireplaces to generate ignition. If wiring is loose or inadequate, your thermopile may malfunction and prevent your gas fireplace from turning on. In this case, contact a fireplace professional to inspect the problem and have it solved safely and efficiently.
A gas fireplace is one of the most convenient ways to keep your home cozy and comfortable all season long. If you experience any issues with your gas fireplace, the professional team at Igne Ferro can assist you at any time. With years of experience in the industry, you can rely on us for fast and thorough fireplace installation, maintenance and repair. For more information about our fireplace products and services, contact us today at Igne Ferro.