Gas Fireplace Repair & Maintenance Services
SERVING MARYLAND | WASHINGTON, D.C. | NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Gas fireplaces are cozy additions to any home or business. But a damaged gas fireplace can create health and safety risks, such as home fires or gas inhalation poisoning. When you need gas fireplace repair in Maryland, Northern Virginia, or Washington, DC, call the experts at Chimney.com.
We are fully licensed, bonded and insured to provide gas fireplace repair services. Not only that, but we are also licensed by WSSC in Maryland as a Master Plumber and Gasfitter to work on gas fireplaces. Our job is to help keep your building warm and safe with the highest quality services available.
Contact us to request gas fireplace repair today.
Common Gas Fireplace Repairs
Here are some of the most common gas fireplace problems our Maryland, DC and Virginia customers experience:
- Fireplace gas leak: A gas leak is dangerous! Call us for gas leak detection services or to schedule immediate repairs.
- Tripped circuit breaker: Some gas fireplaces need electricity to power on. Check your breaker box and reset any tripped breakers you find.
- Improper thermostat settings: The thermostat may simply need an adjustment. See if the fireplace will turn on by raising the setting higher than the current temperature in the room.
- Old batteries: Some gas fireplaces have a battery-powered remote and receiver located behind or next to the gas logs. Try changing them to see if this resolves the problem.
- Blown out pilot light: Older gas fireplaces use a continually burning pilot light to ignite the burner. If this goes out, relight it to restore functionality.
- Faulty gas valve: Check the firebox or the wall or floor near the fireplace for a gas valve. It must be open and in the “on” position to allow gas to flow to the fireplace.
- Propane tank trouble: If your fireplace gets fuel from a propane tank, make sure the knob on the tank is on and delivering gas. If that doesn’t work, you may need to refuel the tank.
- Gas line problems: Is this the first fire of the year? Make sure the gas is turned on. You may also need to hold down the pilot button or knob to “bleed the line.” This gets air bubbles out of the gas line if it hasn’t been used in awhile.
Signs You Need Gas Fireplace Repair
You know it’s time to call a gas fireplace repair company if you spot any of these signs:
- Strange odors: If your fireplace is new, off-gassing could produce an odd smell as factory paints burn off. This is harmless. However, if the odor resembles rotten eggs, this could signal a dangerous natural gas leak. Shut off the fireplace, open the windows for ventilation, and call your utility provider, followed by a fireplace repair company.
- Unusual noises: Beware of rumbling, roaring, grinding, or shrieking noises. These could signal issues with the pilot light, burner, or blower.
- Soot buildup: Excessive soot is a sign of poor airflow, an obstructed chimney, an improperly arranged firebox, or a clogged burner. All of these issues require professional repair.
- Cloudy glass: Hard mineral buildup can turn the fireplace glass white over time. If this happens, a thorough cleaning should fix the problem. Rest assured that condensation on the glass as a fire gets going is normal and no cause for concern.
Our Gas Fireplace Maintenance Services
Even though a gas fireplace chimney doesn’t become caked with creosote the way a wood-burning fireplace does, your gas fireplace still needs routine maintenance.
When you hire a technician from Chimney.com to perform an annual fire inspection and cleaning, you get peace of mind your gas fireplace is operating safely. Our fireplace maintenance service usually takes less than an hour to complete and includes:
- Clean the gas burner and logs: After turning off the natural gas, a technician uses a handheld vacuum with a specially designed brush attachment to remove dust, pet hair, and other debris that has settled on the decorative logs and lava rocks. We also inspect the thermopile, thermocouple and igniter.
- Check for natural gas leaks: The inspector makes sure the natural gas lines are tight, secure, and not generating dangerous leaks. NOTE: If you detect a rotten egg smell from your gas fireplace, this signifies a leak. Open the windows, exit your home, and call the fire department, followed by a fireplace repair company.
- Ensure proper venting through the chimney: Bird nests, snowdrifts, and other obstructions could block ventilation, impairing the function of your fireplace and potentially creating a safety hazard. In addition to checking for these blockages, the technician also measures carbon monoxide levels near the fireplace, which can spike if something is wrong with the venting system.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a WSSC licensed Master Plumber & Gasfitter and why does it matter?
An improperly installed gas appliance can cause unsafe levels of carbon monoxide in a home and can also lead to explosions. For your safety, WSSC permits and inspections are required for many new/replaced gas appliances in Maryland.
If you need gas fireplace repairs in Maryland by a WSSC licensed Master Plumber & Gasfitter, please call us. We are happy to provide our license information and answer your questions about WSSC.
How do I know if my fireplace is leaking gas?
One way to check your fireplace for a gas leak is to smell the air around the fireplace. If it smells like rotten eggs, you probably have a leak. The sulfur smell is an artificial odor added by the gas company to detect the presence of gas.
Here’s another simple gas leak detection technique:
Mix a cup of water with 2 teaspoons of liquid dish soap. Use a foam paint brush or spray bottle to apply the soapy water solution to the entire gas line and gas logs. If you see air bubbles anywhere you’ve painted with the soap solution, that’s a sign of a gas leak. Turn off the gas supply and contact us immediately.
Why won’t my gas fireplace light?
If gas is coming out of the pilot, but your fireplace still won’t light, you may have a faulty ignition. If the pilot is lighting, but won’t stay lit, it indicates you may have a worn-out thermocouple. These are both repairs a licensed Master Plumber & Gasfitter should perform.
Why does my gas fireplace keep going on and off?
There are several possible explanations for a gas fireplace cycling on and off. You could have a faulty switch, a damaged gas valve, a worn out millivolt generator, a weak pilot flame, or some other issue. The safest solution is to call us to inspect your gas fireplace and perform repairs
What Your Neighbors Have to Say
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