We Can Repair Any Kind of Gas Fireplace in Champaign

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Keep Heating Simple

Gas fireplaces make adding warmth to your Champaign home simple. Just move a switch or press a button for immediate heat.

They’re also relatively effortless to use. Unlike their woodburning counterparts, there’s no need to put in firewood or sweep up ashes. But like any other natural gas units, these fireplaces need routine maintenance to help them run efficiently and avoid malfunctions.

When your fireplace won’t ignite or won’t stay on, the Experts at Chief/Bauer Service Experts can help. Use our step-by-step hints first. If your fireplace still isn’t running correctly, let us know. We can handle any model.

Gas Fireplace Troubleshooting Tips

Fireplace Won’t Start

There could be a few reasons why your fireplace won’t turn on. Take off the cosmetic plate beneath your fireplace to gain entry to its parts.

  1. Is a breaker tripped? Take a look at your home’s electrical panel and adjust breakers as needed.
  2. Is the gas running? Make sure the valve is in the “open” setting.
  3. Is the pilot light burning? If it has been extinguished, follow manufacturer instructions to relight it. Fasten the vent cap to stop drafts from extinguishing it.
  4. Pilot light lights but won’t stay ablaze? There could be a problem with the thermocouple, a metal safety sensor that controls gas flow.
  5. Pilot light stays ablaze but fireplace won’t light? It could be the thermopile, a metal piece that transforms heat to electricity to open the gas valve.
  6. If you think there’s a problem with the thermocouple or thermopile, contact us for assistance.

Fireplace is Making Odd Sounds or Smells

  • Rumbling or roaring noises? Modify the flame and vacuum the burners once they’ve fully cooled.
  • Grinding or shrieking sounds? Have Chief/Bauer Service Experts service or install a new blower.
  • Strange smells? Clean the fireplace’s interior and flue following the steps below. If you smell rotten eggs or burning wires, shut off the fireplace, open windows in your home and get in touch with us right away.
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Cleaning Your Gas Fireplace

Cleaning your gas fireplace on a routine basis can help it operate more efficiently and avoid costly breakdowns. It may even help it last longer.

  1. Confirm your fireplace is totally cooled.
  2. Switch the gas off by rotating the valve to “off.”
  3. Remove the gas logs, examine them for cracks and clean them with a soft-bristled brush.
  4. Remove the lava rocks, vacuum them separately and get rid of soot with the brush.
  5. Clean the interior of the fireplace with a vacuum hose attachment.
  6. Clean inside edges with a wet cloth. Use warm, soapy water to get rid of dust or soot accumulation.
  7. Return lava rocks and logs in the same order.
  8. Clean the glass housing with special fireplace glass cleaner and let it dry. Windex is not recommended as it can scratch the glass or cause it to shatter.
  9. If you have a vented gas fireplace, take a look at the outside vent and discard debris such as leaves or bird nests.
  10. Ensure your carbon monoxide detector is working appropriately.

Schedule Annual Maintenance Today

Once your fireplace is working again, schedule periodic maintenance with us. These examinations can potentially find trouble before they develop. We’ll test your components for damage. We’ll also make certain there aren’t any leaks and that pressurization levels are right.

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