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4 Signs You Need to Schedule Maintenance for Your Gas Fireplace

technician performing annual maintenance on gas fireplace

If you want to keep your gas fireplace operating at peak efficiency, you must invest in annual maintenance. Gas fireplaces burn carbon-based fuels and, in doing so, produce a small amount of soot. Over time, the soot gathers in the burners, pilot assembly and inside the glass. This can lead to costly repairs if left unchecked. Here are four signs it’s time to schedule a fireplace maintenance appointment.


  1. The Pilot Light Constantly Goes Out Most gas fireplaces utilize a pilot light. If the pilot light keeps going out, you likely have a problem. First, refer to the owner’s manual. If you can’t find a solution, you may have a broken thermopile, which requires professional repair. You may also have faulty wiring. Either way, it’s best to call a technician.

  2. The Fireplace Won’t Turn On If your gas fireplace doesn’t turn on, don’t immediately call a repair technician. First, check the batteries in the remote control and the receiver inside the central unit. Second, check the gas supply and make sure all the valves are open. Finally, ensure the thermostat is set correctly. If all that doesn’t work, you may have blown a fuse, which a technician can replace.

  3. You Smell Rotten Eggs Natural gas has no smell. However, mercaptan is often added so you can detect a gas leak with your nose. The chemical smells like rotten eggs, so if you smell this sulphurous odour, you must act immediately. Evacuate your home and call 911 or a professional HVAC repair company. A gas leak is dangerous and can lead to an explosion.

  4. The Fireplace Glass is Cloudy A common complaint about gas fireplaces is that the glass gets cloudy from soot buildup. Removing this residue requires specialized products as many household cleaners can damage the glass. You can purchase gas fireplace glass cleaner through your HVAC service centre. Professional maintenance service calls also typically include glass cleaning..

Gas Fireplace Maintenance and Repair in Orangeville and Alliston

At Don’s Heating & Cooling, our annual maintenance check-ups will keep your gas fireplace operating efficiently and reduce pesky breakdowns. We clean the inside of your fireplace and ensure it’s working safely to give you and your family peace of mind. Contact us today to book a service call. We’ll schedule your annual maintenance and set you up on a yearly reminder, so you don’t have to worry about it.



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