Propane Fireplace Maintenance
If you have a propane fireplace, but can't enjoy the ambiance and warmth it should provide due to maintenance issues, you may want to try a few DIY remedies. In addition, you may want a better understanding about continued maintenance of your fireplace. If so, the following 6 tips should be of help.
Tip 1 – Follow Machine-Specific Directions
In working with propane gas and propane fireplaces, it is important that you carefully follow your manufacturer’s instructions before beginning any maintenance procedures. When trying to correct a maintenance issue when you have any doubt about what to do or whether or not you should proceed, contact a professional first. In this way, you can avoid harm to yourself, others in your household, or to your property.
Tip 2 – Make Sure the Tank Valve is Open
Sometimes the solution to an operational problem with your propane fireplace can be as simple as making sure that the valve on your propane tank is open. But before opening it, it will be wise for you to put on a pair of gloves. Then, open the valve by turning it clockwise as far as you can.
Tip 3 – Make Sure the Hearth Valve is Opened
If your fireplace still does not work after opening the tank valve, examine your hearth valve to determine if it is open. This valve is located under a steel plate located next to the fireside. To open it, turn it counterclockwise until it is completely open.
Tip 4 – Push the Igniter Button
If your gas fails to ignite after you push the igniter button, you most likely have a problem with the igniter, itself. In this case, you should call a professional to replace the igniter.
Tip 5 – Check the Pilot Light
If you have an older propane fireplace with a thermocouple instead of an igniter you may find that the pilot light on the thermocouple is not lighted. If you determine that is has extinguished, check to be sure the gas valves are turned on. Then, light the pilot light. Be sure to carefully follow the instructions relating to the use of the thermocouple. Typically, there are various models, all different and all distinct in the way they operate. If, after following these directions, you still fail to light the pilot light, or if it doesn't stay lit, you should contact a professional for help.
Tip 6 – Have Your Fireplace Checked Annually
To keep your fireplace working at its optimum, so as to prevent any problems that could prove harmful, it is important that you have your fireplace checked on an annual basis by a trained professional. He will perform needed maintenance, including checking:
- Proper fan operation
- burners and the pilot light
- Pilot light safety system
- Proper ignition and combustion
- Venting and chimney draw, if it is accessible to them
- Proper air ventilation
If you need your firebox painted, he will be able to perform that service, as well as to clean the glass and the fireplace exterior surface, and inspect the door gasket