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Gas Fireplace Repair: Do-It-Yourself Troubleshooting
October 27, 2020 – 03:39 pm

When your gas fireplace acts up, images of dollar signs in flames might flash before your eyes. The last thing you need is yet another bill to pay. The inner workings of your gas fireplace probably seem too complicated to understand, and the thought of working on it overwhelming. Take heart – many of the problems you may experience are simple to troubleshoot and solve. Even if you choose to have a service technician repair your gas fireplace, it should cost less if you can direct him straight to the problem. You’ll soon be soaking up the heat again!

Parts of a Gas Fireplace

gas fireplace repair There are three main types of gas fireplaces:

1. A natural vent gas fireplace connects to a metal pipe that runs through the roof.

2. Direct-vented gas fireplaces vent directly through the wall behind the unit.

3. Vent-free gas fireplaces do not require a vent.

Regardless of the vent type, a gas fireplace may run on either natural gas or, in certain situations, propane. The ignition type also varies, from a constantly lit, standing pilot light that requires matches or another manual lighting method to an electronic ignition that lights the pilot on demand. However, as many differences as exist between gas fireplaces, the main parts are either the same or operate with the same principles. Understanding the terminology and purpose of each will help you troubleshoot your fireplace.

  • Gas Line: Whether natural gas or propane, the gas line delivers the fuel source into the gas fireplace. A valve on the gas line turns off the gas when the fireplace is not in use. Turning the valve “on” allows the gas to flow and be lit by the pilot light.
  • Firebox: The firebox contains the flame and fire – often springing from fake logs specially designed for use with gas.
  • Venting System: As mentioned above, gas fireplaces may vent through the roof, the wall, or require no venting. The vent is simply the chimney. In vented systems, the flue (another name for chimney pipes) has two purposes. It provides air to feed fire combustion and allows dangerous gasses to escape. Vent-free gas fireplaces use different technology to eliminate the need for oxygen and gas release and will not experience vent problems like natural and direct vent units.
  • Blower Fan: Not every gas fireplace has a fan, but those that do circulate the heat more effectively. An internal fan, driven by electricity, cycles the air and blows it out of the fireplace much like a furnace generates heat.
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Popular Q&A
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How do you replace a gas fireplace insert regulator?

Please call the gas company or a furnace repair professional.
I would not take a chance on a regulator install unless you really understand pressure reduction in the flow of gas to an open flame.
Lets face it...do you really want to wake up to a burning room?
Always do the safe thing when it comes to gas-natural or LP!
Good Luck
Tim
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