We Can Repair Any Kind of Gas Fireplace in West Chester

Gas fireplaces make adding heat to your West Chester home simple. Just move a switch or squeeze a button for direct heat.

They’re also quite easy to use. Unlike their woodburning counterparts, there’s no need to use firewood or clean up ashes. But like any other natural gas systems, these fireplaces have to have routine maintenance to help them run efficiently and avoid malfunctions.

When your fireplace won’t light or won’t keep burning, the Experts at Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help. Use our easy-to-follow tips first. If your fireplace still isn’t running correctly, give us a call. We can work on any brand. All of our specialists are NATE certified, which means they’ve completed in-depth training to better serve you. And all of our excellent work is backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for a year.*

Gas Fireplace Troubleshooting Tips

Fireplace Won’t Start

There could be several reasons why your fireplace won’t ignite. Pull off the cosmetic cover beneath your fireplace to get at its pieces.

  1. Is a breaker tripped? Check your home’s electrical panel and reboot breakers as appropriate.
  2. Is the gas running? Ensure the valve is in the “open” placement.
  3. Is the pilot light on? If it is out, follow manufacturer instructions to relight it. Fasten the vent cap to halt drafts from putting it out.
  4. Pilot light lights but won’t stay lit? There could be trouble with the thermocouple, a metal safety sensor that regulates gas flow.
  5. Pilot light stays lit but fireplace won’t light? It could be the thermopile, a metal piece that transforms heat to electricity to open the gas valve.

If you think there’s a problem with the thermocouple or thermopile, get in touch with us for help.

Fireplace is Making Odd Sounds or Smells

  • Rumbling or roaring noises? Tweak the flame and vacuum the burners once they’ve totally cooled.
  • Grinding or shrieking sounds? Have Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning fix or install a new blower.
  • Funny odors? Clean the fireplace’s interior and flue using the steps below. If you smell rotten eggs or burning wires, shut off the fireplace, ventilate your home and contact us right away.

Cleaning Your Gas Fireplace

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

  1. Verify your fireplace is totally cooled.
  2. Switch the gas off by spinning the valve to “off.”
  3. Take out the gas logs, check them for cracks and clean them with a soft-bristled brush.
  4. Clear the lava rocks, vacuum them one at a time and get rid of soot with the brush.
  5. Clean the internal parts of the fireplace with a vacuum hose attachment.
  6. Rub down inside edges with a wet cloth. Use warm, soapy water to remove dust or soot accumulation.
  7. Put back lava rocks and logs in the same arrangement.
  8. Clean the glass casing with special fireplace glass cleaner and let it dry. Windex is not recommended as it can scratch the glass or cause it to break.
  9. If you have a vented gas fireplace, inspect the outside vent and discard debris such as leaves or bird nests.
  10. Ensure your carbon monoxide detector is functioning appropriately.

Schedule Annual Maintenance Today

Once your fireplace is working again, schedule annual inspections with us. These inspections can potentially discover problems before they start. We’ll test your components for fractures. We’ll also double-check there aren’t any leaks and that pressurization levels are correct.