Calling on the experts! We love it when our team is sourced and quoted for articles pertaining to all things #fire! Here’s the latest article published in The Handyman magazine where Keith Richardson, president at Arizona Fireplaces provides some helpful tips on how to light a gas fireplace.
Gas fireplaces are a popular choice for homeowners due to their convenience and efficiency. However, if you’re new to gas fireplaces, lighting them can seem a bit daunting. But fear not! In this article, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of lighting your gas fireplace, ensuring a cozy and warm ambiance in your home.
Step 1: Safety First
Before you begin, it’s crucial to prioritize safety. Ensure that the gas valve is turned off and the fireplace is cool to the touch. Also, make sure the room is well-ventilated to prevent the buildup of harmful gases.
Step 2: Locate the Control Panel
Most gas fireplaces have a control panel located either on the wall or inside the fireplace. Familiarize yourself with the control panel and its functions. It typically includes an on/off switch, flame height control, and a pilot light ignition button.
Step 3: Igniting the Pilot Light
To light the pilot light, locate the pilot assembly near the burner. Turn the gas control knob to the “pilot” position and press and hold the ignition button. While holding the button, use a long lighter or match to ignite the pilot light. Once lit, continue holding the ignition button for about 30 seconds to allow the thermocouple to heat up.
Step 4: Turning on the Fireplace
After the pilot light is lit, turn the gas control knob to the “on” position. You should hear the gas flow and see the main burner ignite. Adjust the flame height using the control panel to achieve your desired ambiance.
Step 5: Regular Maintenance
To ensure your gas fireplace continues to operate efficiently, regular maintenance is essential. Clean the glass regularly, inspect the burner for debris, and have a professional service the fireplace annually.
Lighting a gas fireplace may seem intimidating at first, but by following these simple steps, you’ll be able to enjoy the warmth and comfort it provides. Remember to prioritize safety, familiarize yourself with the control panel, and perform regular maintenance to keep your gas fireplace in top-notch condition. Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the cozy atmosphere of your gas fireplace!