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3 Most Common Reasons Gas Fireplaces Break Down and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Dan Cruise on Oct 6, 2016 12:45:00 PM

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The truth is that there are quite a lot of different types of fuel that people tend to use to power up their fireplaces. However, it goes without saying that gas is amongst the most popular ones.

A fireplace which has been constructed and installed professionally offers the chance of accurate temperature control as well as clean combustion and minimum maintenance. 

Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that gas fireplaces do not have any issues that would need attendance.

We’ve prepared a list with the three most common ones and how to avoid them easily:


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break down #1: Excess Buildup of Soot

Regardless of whether you’ve used a gas fireplace conversion or you’ve purchased one directly, soot is eventually going to start building up. This happens even to the high-end gas fireplaces that tend to have clean burnout. However, there are things that you could do. This usually happens because of badly positioned logs or clogged burner pots. In the first case, you’d have to adjust their position while the second cause would require you to call professionals to help you out by cleaning them thoroughly.

break down #2: Pilot Light Problems

Another problem, and in fact the most common one amongst gas logs is having issues with the pilot lights. To put it in simple words – if your pilot light fails, you wouldn’t be able to start a fire. You can probably see how this might be an inconvenience.

There are a lot of things that might have caused it. For instance, the line that brings the gas might be causing it to fail. The thermopile, on the other hand, might also be malfunctioning. The important thing to note is that you should call a professional and have him look into it as soon as you can

break down #3: lack of ignition

This is also a particularly common problem amongst gas fireplace users. The reason for this might be the breaker box. What is more, the restore gas flow could be opened, and it might need to get adjusted. Of course, you might be able to handle these on your own, but it’s highly recommended that you contact a professional to have them checked out.


Upon facing problems of the kind, it’s highly advisable that you engage in a professional relationship with an expert. This is going to guarantee that the issues are properly taken care of, thus ensuring your own piece of mind. This is perfect for busy professionals who don’t have the time to waste on dealing with issues with their fireplaces. 

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Topics: Gas Log Fireplace