DIY- Troubleshooting And Repairing Your Gas Fireplace

  • Bad Thermocouple or Thermopile: These parts are major components of your fireplace, and like some car parts, they will eventually wear out or just go bad. If the thermocouple goes bad, the burner will not work correctly. If you can confidently identify one or both of these parts need replacement, consult your manual and look up your favorite fireplace parts dealer to get the right replacement part. If you are not sure, it’s not always a good idea to take a shot in the dark and buy parts you might not need. Call in the pro to test and correctly determine the problem.
  • These troubleshooting and repair ideas for your gas fireplace are just the start. There is much more to these systems, but I think we covered the most common problems. When in doubt, hire a professional fireplace repair person to fix any problems that you cannot handle.

    One More Important thing…

    Gas fireplaces are nice. But you already knew that, that’s why you have one. Maintaining them properly is an important discipline for any fireplace owner to keep them nice. Many problems can be prevented by keeping a good maintenance routine and following the instructions of your owner’s manual. For most people who are not at all experts, having your gas fireplace inspected and serviced annually by a pro is a very good idea. For the DIY inclined, learn the proper way to inspect and service your gas fireplace so you can enjoy it for years to come and avoid costly repairs.

    Derek Smith is a freelance writer and blogger from upstate New York.

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