Troubleshooting And Repairing Your Gas Fireplace

If you are a homeowner with a gas fireplace, you may benefit from knowing a few troubleshooting tips. Keeping your fireplace functioning at its best will not only keep you warm in the winter, but it will reduce the chances of having to do expensive repairs in the future. Doing your own gas fireplace repair can save time and money and by learning a few tips, you will be able to keep your fireplace running at its best.

Gas fireplaces provide you with warmth and the ambiance of a traditional fireplace without having to burn logs. One of the benefits of using a gas fireplace is you will remain warm even when the power goes out. While these fireplaces have many benefits, there are some problems that you may encounter from time to time. Learning how to troubleshoot these problems and perform your own gas fireplace repair will allow you to keep your fireplace running and reduce the chance of major problems.

Pilot light

Your gas fireplace has a dial to control the temperature. When the temperature in the home drops, the fireplace will ignite to provide warmth and get the temperature back up. This is all done with a pilot light that is always burning. When there is a downdraft from the chimney, the pilot may go out. When this happens, the first thing to do is shut off the gas supply. Wait a few minutes to let the gas fumes dissipate. Turn the dial control to pilot if applicable and turn the gas flow to the lowest setting. Using a long match, relight the pilot. You should see a small blue flame when done correctly. Turn your fireplace back to the desired setting and you are back in business!


If you own a vent-less gas fireplace, you may occasionally notice an odor. Though it is not a health hazard, the odor can be annoying and unpleasant. To minimize the odor, open a nearby window to allow air into the room. Make sure that all pieces of the fireplace are kept clean and free of debris. Some odors may be caused by dust on the blower fan or gas logs that are not positioned properly. When you notice an odor, try cleaning the fireplace, moving the logs around and checking the draft. The odor does not signify a serious problem and it should be easy to remedy.


Some gas fireplaces will create soot on the chimney and the walls of the fireplace. It is important for this soot to be removed on a regular basis. If soot builds up in the chimney, there is the potential for a fire. To help with reducing the amount of soot build up, try adjusting the air setting. This is done by locating the burner inlet and opening the shutter to allow more air to flow through. When increasing air flow, the flames will appear less attractive, but the reduction in soot is worth the sacrifice.

These troubleshooting tips can help you perform your own gas fireplace repair.