More and more people are embracing gas fireplaces, thanks to the fact that they offer the comfort and warmth of traditional wood burning hearths yet require a fraction of the work and mess. Of course, even gas burning fireplaces can experience difficulties as time goes on. If you would like to learn more about the sorts of issues that can beset gas fireplaces, read on. This article will discuss three frequently encountered problems.
Compared to wood burning fireplaces, a gas model tends to be incredibly quiet. That said, there's nothing too strange about hearing certain noises in the first few minutes after starting up a gas fireplace. A degree of clicking and popping is perfectly natural as the metal inside of the fireplace heats up and starts to expand.
Other noises, on the other hand, may be harbingers of more serious problems. For instance, a roaring or whooshing sound coming from the fireplace when it is shut off generally indicates a pilot light that is no longer adjusted properly. Generally all that is needed is to dial down the pilot light's intensity for the problem to be alleviated. If the same sound occurs when the fireplace is running, it may be that the burner jets have become dirty or occluded with debris. This will require cleaning by a professional to alleviate.
Once again, compared to traditional wood burners, a gas fireplace represents a fairly odorless source of heat. Yet from time to time you may still notice certain off smells coming from a gas fireplace. The smell of raw gas, of course, represents an incredibly dangerous scenario. If you smell non-combusted gas, you should remove your family from the home immediately, then contact your fire department to come address the threat.
In other cases, you may notice your gas fireplace giving off harmless yet unpleasant smells. This often occurs as a result of a glass front panel that isn't sealing correctly. This allows the fireplace to draw in things like pet hair, lint, and other debris whose combustion can give off acrid smells. Ensure that your glass panel is clipped tightly into place.
The combustion of gas is an incredibly efficient reaction, especially when compared to that of burning wood. Yet even a gas fireplace is capable of giving off soot if the fuel is not being burned up efficiently enough. In most cases, this can be addressed by adjusting the fireplace vent setting to allow a greater proportion of air into the combustion chamber. This will ensure that the gas burns more cleanly--and thus produces less soot.