Why Won’t My Propane Fireplace Start?

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Here Are 7 Reasons That Might Be Happening

Propane gas hearths are easy to use and provide an attractive source of efficient heat for your living space. From time to time, however, they will present issues that need to be addressed – including problems at start-up.

There are several issues that might prevent a propane gas fireplace from igniting. Here are seven potential causes:

  1. Dead batteries – Depending on the type of gas fireplace you own, you may have a remote or receiver that run on batteries. If the batteries in either of these components are dead, it could prevent your fireplace from igniting.
  2. A tripped circuit breaker – If your fireplace includes an electronic ignition system or blower, it needs a flow of electricity to work properly. Check and reset any tripped breakers.
  3. A closed gas valve – Make sure that your gas valve is open and in the “on” position to ensure the flow of gas to your fireplace. See your owner’s manual for details if you’re not sure where to find the valve.
  4. A problem with your propane line – Ensure that there is a flow of gas coming you’re your propane tank; if there isn’t, contact us.
  5. An extinguished pilot light – If you don’t have an electronic ignition, your pilot light could get blown out by a strong draft or an interrupted flow of gas. When relighting it, make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. A build-up of soot or dirt can also prevent ignition, as can a faulty thermopile or thermocouple (see #6).
  6. An electrical problem – A faulty thermocouple or thermopile could be to blame for your fireplace not starting. The thermocouple acts like a sensor for gas flow, supplying gas to the pilot light through the gas valve. The thermopile, on the other hand, opens up the gas valve when the fireplaces are turned on. If these components are faulty, they should always be replaced by a heating professional.
  7. A mis-set thermostat – Make sure that the thermostat is set properly; often, the issue with a fireplace thermostat is that it is that it is set to a temperature lower than that of the room. Make sure the thermostat is set for at least five degrees below your current room temperature and try again.

Annual inspection is a must for your propane fireplace: an expert propane technician will spot and fix issues like these so you can just relax and enjoy a cozy evening hearth-side. To learn more about routine propane fireplace maintenance in Connecticut, contact the propane experts at Hocon today!

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