What You Need to Know about Gas Fireplace Repair
Here in the North Georgia Mountains, many of us rely on our fireplaces for heat, comfort, and environment. When your gas fireplace suddenly stops working, it is frustrating and can be scary. Appropriate gas fireplace repair is important to ensuring your home is safe.
Many people try to DIY gas fireplace repair, but we highly advise against that. After all, the gas lines running to your fireplace run throughout your home. A leak or problem with your gas lines could result in toxic carbon monoxide leeching into your home and making your family sick. What’s even more alarming is that a gas leak can potentially cause an explosion.
If your fireplace is suddenly not working as it should, it may be time to call a professional gas line installation and repair company. A professional can assess and diagnose what’s wrong with your fireplace and ensure a safe and appropriate fix.
Things to Know about Gas Fireplace Repair
Gas fireplaces are considered highly reliable, but like all appliances – they do experience defects and malfunctions. Below, The Fire Man offers some things to know about gas fireplace problems and repair.
Common Reasons why Gas Fireplaces Stop Working
If your gas fireplace suddenly starts working, it could be one of several possibilities. The most common reasons why fireplaces stop working include:
- Old Batteries: That’s right. Your gas fireplace uses batteries to ignite the pilot light. Check the remote or receiver on your fireplace to see if it is working. If you can’t tell – try putting new batteries in and see if the problem resolves.
- Closed Gas Valves: Your gas valve running to the fireplace should be set to “open” or “on.” Make sure the gas valve is set correctly before lighting your fireplace. If it is on and still nothing happens, you should speak with a gas line professional.
- Blown Pilot Light: A blown pilot light is one of the most common problems with gas fireplaces. This is a simple thing to check. Just look to see if you see the small pilot light flame. If there is no flame, you can look in your manual to find out how to relight it. If that still doesn’t work, it’s time to call for help.
- Gas Line Problems: A more concerning reason why your fireplace may not be working is that there are gas line problems. If you notice your other appliances are not working properly, there are changes in the color of your flames, or you smell a rotten egg smell, you may have a gas leak.
If you suspect a gas line problem or leak, call a professional gas line repair service. At The Fire Man, we have the training and experience you need to accurately diagnose and repair most any gas line problem.
What Type of Maintenance do Gas Fireplaces Need?
Generally, gas fireplaces do not require much maintenance. However, it’s always a good idea to routinely inspect your appliance and check for possible damage or problems. Some things that you can do to help prevent needing gas fireplace repair include:
- Inspect the Interior: Regularly inspect your gas fireplace to make sure the framework and unit are all intact and free from cracks or gaps.
- Check your Gas Lines: At least once per year, check your gas lines to make sure they are free from cracks or corrosion.
- Get a Yearly Inspection: A once-yearly inspection is a great way to make sure your gas fireplace is safe and operating properly.
Does Gas Fireplace Repair Require a Professional?
Routine gas fireplace repair or maintenance may be something that you can take care of yourself. However, if there is any doubt about what needs to happen, or you suspect problems with your gas lines, you should hire a professional.
When it comes to the safety of your home, you want to hire a contractor you know you can trust. Choose a professional who has licenses and certificates for gas lines and related appliances and safety. One unreliable contractor can cause more damage to your fireplace or put your home at risk.
Get the Help You Need with The Fire Man
For gas fireplace repair that you can trust, contact The Fire Man. Our team is experienced working with gas lines and gas appliances. We know the ins and outs of gas and fireplace safety, and do everything we can to make sure your home is safe and your appliances are working properly.
The Fire Man, Travis Henry, has decades of experience as a firefighter and gas industry professional. He and his team are proud to serve residential and commercial property owners throughout the North Georgia Mountains.
For a free quote on your gas fireplace repair, fill out our online quote form.