Resolving Gas Fireplace Issues Pt2
In part one of this two-part series, we looked at two common issues with gas fireplaces – soot buildup and pilot light problems. This time, we’ll expand into other possible issues owners of gas fireplaces may experience and offer advice on how to solve them.
Under proper operating conditions, your gas fireplace should never create a smell in the room or the home. The most important odor to be alert to is that of the gas itself.
If you smell gas coming from even the best gas fireplace or fireplace inserts, that means gas is escaping somewhere and not being turned into fire. This can be a dangerous situation. Don’t try to troubleshoot and fix this problem yourself – rather, call the fire department immediately and evacuate the house.
Another reason for fireplace odors is dust and pet dander that gets into the firebox and onto the fireplace’s internal components. This problem usually appears only with non-vented fireplaces that have glass doors that don’t seal properly.
Over time, glass fireplace doors can become hazy and dirty. This greatly reduces the aesthetic appeal of a roaring fire. Pay a visit to your local hearth store and ask about special fireplace door cleaning solutions. Never use an ammonia-based window cleaner on fireplace doors.
A gas fireplace should make little if any noise. If you hear new sounds – and especially if they’re happening in conjunction with operating problems – you need to look into it.
Here are a few common noise problems:
- Dirty burners will often cause a sound similar to rumbling. If this is happening, contact a professional to perform a through cleaning of your burners.
- If your fireplace has a fan or blower, a grinding noise or a high-pitched whistling sound usually indicates a problem with these components. Determine if the problem can be repaired or if the component needs replacing.
- A subtle roaring sound probably means the flame on your pilot light needs adjusting.
Often when a fireplace burner isn’t working, it’s because of an issue with the thermostat. Before contacting a service technician, make sure that your thermostat is set higher than the temperature in the room.
It’s important when you have burner issues that you turn to a professional with experience in this area. There are a variety of reasons for a burner to stop performing properly, and this isn’t an area most homeowners are qualified to troubleshoot.
Common fireplace burner problems include unattached, damaged or otherwise faulty wiring; a dirty pilot light orifice that no longer works efficiently; and a thermocoupler that is worn and needs replacing.
The bottom line in addressing gas fireplace problems is to not attempt to do something you’re not capable of doing. Most repair jobs require the skills of a trained fireplace technician.
If you’re ready to move up to a beautiful gas fireplace, United Fireplace & Stove member stores have a wide selection and experienced representatives who can point you in the right direction. Our member stores are located throughout the U.S. and Canada. Find one today.