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Gas Fireplace Troubleshooting

Posted on: September 17, 2013

Gas fireplaces are one of the greatest conveniences for modern homes—at the touch the button you can have a roaring fire in virtually any room of your home. And with the chilly weather of fall and winter approaching, your gas fireplace can provide warmth as well! That’s why it’s important to ensure your gas fireplace is working properly before the first cold front hits. Now is the perfect time to test out your gas fireplace and see if there are any problems that need to be troubleshot or repaired!

Do you need gas fireplace repair in Gaithersburg, MD? Call the experts at James A. Wheat & Sons today at 240-399-5051240-399-5051!


Our Gas Fireplace Troubleshooting Guide

Whenever you’re experiencing problems with equipment in your home, one of the most frustrating aspects is not knowing what’s wrong or what’s causing your problem in the first place. Here are some of the most common problems people experience with their gas fireplaces and what you should do about them:

Pilot light is out or will not stay lit – if the pilot light goes out, your gas fireplace will not light—it’s as simple as that. You have a couple options when it comes to your pilot light:

  1. If you feel comfortable with it, you can try relighting it—this may or may not work, depending on the cause of your problem, such as a draft, low fuel, etc.
  2. Check for drafts and holes in the fireplace wall and surrounding areas.
  3. Check the level of fuel in the propane tank if possible—and if you’re comfortable doing it.

If you don’t feel you can perform any of these tasks or you troubleshoot your pilot light and none of these steps help, it’s time to contact an expert fireplace repair company.

Black soot in the fireplace – black soot in a gas fireplace is an indication that the flame is not burning cleanly or that there is too much gas in the flame.  Adjust the burner to allow more air into the flame.

Gas smell – since over-exposure to gas (specifically carbon monoxide) can be extremely dangerous to your health, gas companies add a scent to the gas so that people can detect its presence.  If you can smell gas when running your fireplace, there could be a leak somewhere in the gas line. When this happens, immediately shut down your fireplace, turn off the gas (if possible), and open your windows and doors. Gas leaks are something that should only be handled by a professional, so when they happen, call 911 and then contact James A. Wheat & Sons right away.

Main burner doesn’t come on quickly or at all – if the main fire burner does not come on immediately, or at all, there is most likely a loose or damaged connection somewhere in the gas fireplace wiring. When it comes to loose or damages parts in your gas fireplace, the safest—and best—solution is to call in a professional.

Schedule Your Gas Fireplace Repair in Montgomery County, MD

If you’ve performed all these gas fireplace troubleshooting steps and you’re still experiencing problems, it’s time to call the experts at James A. Wheat & Sons. We can provide exceptional gas fireplace repair to homeowners throughout the Montgomery County, MD area. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!