Gas fireplaces are an efficient and stylish replacement to eliminate the shortcoming of a wood-burning fireplace. They become the centrepiece in the room décor with the modern finish striking combinations of fire surrounds. Most of the time, gas fires need much less maintenance when compared to a wood-burning fire and produce more energy with a higher efficiency rating. Most of the gas fires come with the in-built safety devices that prevent accidental damages. Even then, your gas fire can act up and stop working as desired. The small problems can be eliminated by simple troubleshooting techniques, while for acute problems you must call for professional help to avoid damages.
Why Gas Fires Safety Important?
Ignoring the safety measures with propane or natural gas fires can cause damages and loss of lives. According to a careful survey conducted in 2016, over 350,000 fire accidents reported caused damage of 5.7 billion dollars and 2700 deaths. With advance safety measures, the fire damage rate is substantially decreased but not eliminated. At the investigation of such accidents, it was revealed that most of them resulted from a busted smoke detector or inappropriate handling of the natural gas or gasoline or not following the manufacturer's guide for regular maintenance of the gas fireplace. At any stage of troubleshooting your gas fireplace, if you smell gas leakage and you do not know the source, turn the main gas supply valve off, vent your place. To avoid any losses, leave and call for immediate help.
Most common gas fire problems and solutions
1. Leaked Underlying piping
If you notice a smell of natural gas or chemical in your room while there is no ignition, that could be a leaked piping problem. It is immensely dangerous and not recommended to fix on your own. In such a condition, you must call professional help and immediately evacuate the area of gas leakage. Do not forget to deactivate the main gas supply valve to halt the gas supply.
2. Blocked Gas Valve
If you are trying to turn on the gas fire and there is no ignition, you can not also smell any gas, then most probably it is blocked or closed gas valve. Check the gas valve and turn it on if turned off. To turn on the valve, rotate it 90 degrees and make it in line with the pipe.
3. Thermopile/ Thermocouple malfunctioning
The thermopile in new gas fires and thermocouple in older versions used to generate the required electricity for ignition. It also works as a sensor for temperature monitoring. The malfunctioning of the thermopile will not light up your gas fire as it may not be connected or secured, properly. To fix this issue, you need to check the wires, screws, and tubing to make sure that everything is connected, properly.
4. Burner Issues
In the gas fire is the circuitry that comprises voltage levels, a pilot light cavity and a set of burner jets. If the burner is not working the reason can be as simple as wrong thermostat settings or a dirty pilot cavity. If the burner is not regularly maintained and cleaned, the dirt may accumulate into the burner jets halting the proper function. Detailed cleaning of burner jets and the pilot cavity can solve this issue.
5. Unusual sounds from Gas fire Blower
Your gas fireplace has emitted strange noise that can be a rumble, roar, grind, or a shrieking sound taking away the comforting quietness from the environment. It could be a worn-out blower that is causing such a weird sound. You need to replace the old blower with a new one to fix this issue.