DIY- Troubleshooting And Repairing Your Gas Fireplace

Gas Fireplace Burner Problems:

Once the ignition system, fuel supply, and pilot light are cleared, the next thing to look at is the Burner itself. The ignition system keeps the burners going when they supposed to be on. If the burner is just not working right, you will have to try and figure out the cause. Here are some common ones to consider:

  • Thermostat Setting: Sounds silly, but many times when gas fireplace owners crank up the unit for the first time in the fall, they fail to realize that the room temperature is not quite cool enough for the burner to come on. For testing purposes try pushing up the thermostat to an unreasonably high temperature just to make sure that the fireplace comes on. Don’t forget to turn back down once you are done.
  • Dirty Orifices: Yuk! Gas fireplaces aren’t as dirty as wood fireplaces, but they do get dirty. The flame jets where the gas comes out can get clogged. Make sure you clean your gas fireplace regularly as a part of your maintenance routine. Check for extra soot, and dirt clogging up the jets.
  • Faulty or Damaged Wiring: This is probably the most common cause for gas fireplace failure. Do a quick inspection of all the wiring you can see. Look for blackened, burnt or melted wires. Even though it’s a fireplace, the wiring should not get burnt or melted. If you see some evidence of this, shut it all down and call in the pro.

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