Does My Gas Fireplace Need Repairs?
Posted in Fireplace FAQs, on February 04, 2020
Toronto winters can be brutal. Freezing temperatures, icy snow and unpredictable weather make commuting a nightmare and often leave you cold and exhausted. With long, dark days, one of the best ways to warm-up is by turning on your gas fireplace. There is no better feeling than returning to a cozy living room after the end of a long workday and curling up to watch your favourite tv show or dive back into a book. Unfortunately, this means the winter is one of the worst times for a fireplace to breakdown or stop working.
Signs Your Gas Fireplace Needs a Repair
A foul odour is being emitted
For a gas fireplace to work, it relies on burning natural gas to produce heat. Normally, natural gas is completely odourless, but methyl mercaptan is added to give it the distinct smell of rotting eggs. This sulphur-like smell is only noticeable if there is a natural gas leak in your home. Therefore, if you detect a rotten egg smell while using your fireplace or just afterwards, there is likely a gas leak. This is extremely dangerous, and it is important that you and your family immediately evacuate the home. Once safely outside of the home you can contact 911 or an emergency fireplace repairman who will be able to fix the leak.
Difficulties seeing through the glass
One of the main differences between a wood-burning and gas fireplace is that soot is NOT normal in a gas operated fireplace. If it is difficult to see through the glass of your fireplace, it is likely due to a soot buildup from an issue with a log, the interior of the fireplace or ventilation. No matter what the reason, soot build up can be dangerous and will require professional assistance.
Frequently switching on and off
One of the most frustrating issues that can occur with a gas fireplace is it turning on and off randomly. Unfortunately, this can also be caused by multiple issues including problems with the sensor, generator or pilot light. It can also be due to a breeze coming down the chimney or a jamming issue involving the burner. Each of these issues will require an inspection and repair by a professional technician.
Issues with the pilot light
If your pilot light keeps turning off, there could be an issue with the thermocouple. This is responsible for covering the pilot light when the gas fireplace is not in use to ensure there is no leak. If the thermocouple is broken or covered in soot, it may be less efficient at letting out a small stream of gas when the fireplace is turned on. This will also require professional assistance in order to be repaired.
At Fireplace Experts, we provide exceptional repair and service for gas fireplaces in the Greater Toronto Area. If you are concerned about your fireplace, contact our team today at 416-897-5643 to organize an inspection. This winter, ensure your family can safely enjoy your fireplace with the help of Fireplace Experts.