Common Gas Fireplace Issues and How to Fix them

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When it comes to gas fireplaces, you’re bound to come across several problems. Several issues are bound to creep up, due to various reasons. While it is something that you can fix, you need to call the professionals especially if you’re unsure about handling it on your own. Check out some of the easy fixes, solutions that you can implement right away.

  • Pilot light issues: When it comes to gas fireplace repairs in Omaha, one of the starting points for assessing your fireplace should be the Pilot light. Granted that pilot lights often malfunction, from not going out when turned off to not starting either on being turned on. Just check and see if the burner is turned off as that might well be the case. Also, double-check your thermostat settings as well. 
  • Check out the thermocouple or thermopile: As the thermocouple or thermopile is used to jumpstart ignition in your fireplace, you would want to take a closer look at it, if your fireplace does not start normally. Usually, the wiring would not be correct and this could well be the reason why your fireplace is not starting. Do remember that the older fireplaces will have the thermocouple and you need to get yours checked out accordingly.
  • Fireplace doors aren’t sealing: When it comes to gas fireplace repairs, you’ll often find that the faulty fireplace door is one of the easiest ones to fix. The first sign that you’ll get, of a faulty fireplace, is the smell of gas enveloping the room. More often than not, this will be due to the clips, fasteners not being fixed accurately. 
  • It’s not starting: You would be surprised at how often this happens. If your gas fireplace ignition malfunctions, it could well be a case of turning off the gas valve. So make it a point to check and see if the gas is turned on. Also, check the breaker box and see if the issue is due to it. You can handle both quite easily.
  • Soot, a perennial problem: When you use your gas fireplace often, soot builds up. And if you don’t bother cleaning your fireplace often, this soot will build up over a short period with the result that it will impact how the fireplace functions. It will impede the flow of oxygen in your fireplace and eventually, the soot buildup will prevent your fireplace from even igniting. Apart from cleaning the fireplace regularly, you can also adjust the air setting as well as the damper, as that should help prevent excess soot build-up. Just make sure that you clean the fireplace regularly and follow all the instructions correctly.
  • Chimney issues: A chimney that gets rarely cleaned will have a ‘soot’ problem. And that is why you need to get yours swept regularly. Apart from soot, your chimney can also form condensation as well – especially if it is not used regularly. And that is why it would be a good idea to clean both the chimney and fireplace at the same time.
  • Avoid accidents: Given how hundreds of thousands of fires start each year, due to lousy fireplace maintenance – you must make sure you take all due precautions where the fireplace is concerned. Make sure that you have a working smoke detector and fire alarm. And since most gas fireplace accidents take place due to maintenance problems, you must get your fireplace inspected regularly. 

These are some of the ways that you end up fixing gas fireplace issues on your own. Just remember to resolve it soon, otherwise, it is bound to turn into a major issue.

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