How to Repair a Gas Fireplace?
Before you undertake gas furnace repair, ensure that you turn off the gas supply. It is a good safety precaution to turn off the gas supply, when the fireplace is not in use. This can prevent mishaps happening from accidental leakage. Here are some of the common problems and ways in which you could solve them.
One common problem faced is that of a fireplace simply not turning on. The reason for that might be that the pilot light has blown out totally.
To troubleshoot the problem, you need to open the vent and check to see if the small flame is still burning or not. If you find that the flame is out, then the only way out is to light it again with a match stick or a lighter. That may solve the problem and the fireplace will start working.
Another common gas furnace problem is that the main burner simply refuses to turn on at times or turns out to be quite sluggish. The reason for this could primarily be loose wiring of the burner.
Check the wiring issues and also see what is the voltage being provided to the main burner. Ensuring that the wiring issues are fixed and adequate voltage is being provided, may solve the problem effectively. Cleaning up the burner, along with the stem may also solve the issue.
Another reason for the main burner being particularly sluggish might be due to problems with the thermocouple. The thermocouple provides a feedback mechanism, which controls the temperature in the room, by regulating heat supply. The most common reason for this problem is that the thermocouple is not fit tightly enough inside the valve in the fireplace.
To fix this, access the gas control valve and make sure that the thermocouple has been tightly fitted in. This might effectively solve the problem. Make a thorough check of all the wiring by checking it up with the wiring diagram supplied in the manual. If this doesn't work, it's best to get the fireplace replaced.
In case you don't get uniform heating from the fireplace, you need to check if the fireplace fan is working properly. Getting the fan fixed might just solve the problem for you.
If none of the given things work, it's time you called the manufacturing company and ask them to send a qualified technician, who can figure out the problem.
Doing the troubleshooting on your own, might save money on the repair cost, but it's not worth it if you end up messing things up. That's why, if you are not confident about undertaking repair on your own, then call up the technician right at the start.