SIMPLE SOLUTIONS FOR THE MOST COMMON GAS FIREPLACE PROBLEMS
Although often easier to use and maintain than a standard wood unit, gas fireplaces can still raise cause for concern when they aren’t working properly. In fact, there are many common problems that homeowners with gas fireplace may come across. While these issues may be troublesome in the short-term, there are many simple solutions to alleviate the problems.
Here are 5 of the most common gas fireplace ailments and how to solve them:
- Burner Issues – If burner issues are plaguing your gas fireplace, check that your thermostat is set properly. A dirty pilot light or burner jet could also be the culprits. Have them cleaned by a service technician. The circuitry can also be tested for low voltage or the thermocouple may need to be replaced.
- Unfamiliar Odors – If you begin to notice off-putting smells permeating from the hearth, your chimney may be in need of a good cleaning. Schedule one with a certified sweep to remove the buildup causing the odors. If a gas odor is suspected, turn off the fireplace immediately, leave the home, and contact a professional.
- Pilot Light Failure – Pilot light failure can occur for a number of reasons. Someone could accidentally turn it off or a strong draft can even blow it out. If the pilot light fails to stay on, try to relight it. The vent cap can also be replaced to protect against those stronger gusts. If neither of these two solutions alleviates the problem then there may be damage to the pilot light’s wiring or thermopile. This is a quick fix for any knowledgeable service person.
- Excessive Amounts of Soot – Excessive amounts of soot typically indicate an oxygen problem within the flue. Adjust the airflow to increase the amount of oxygen and decrease the amount of gas. Refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines for the optimal setting. Excessive soot buildup could also be a sign of flue blockages. Schedule an inspection to check for bird’s nests or other animal infestations that may be obstructing the flue.
If you are experiencing any of these common gas fireplace problems, contact our service team at Lindemann Chimney Service. Our technicians use the latest technology and industry know-how to quickly diagnose the problem and advise on the best solution based on your unique needs. With a dedication to excellence in the field, each of our service team members have received their CSIA certification, one of the industry’s leading accreditation programs.