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We Can Repair Any Kind of Gas Fireplace in Oakville

Gas fireplaces make adding warmth to your Oakville home easy. Just move a switch or squeeze a button for instant heat.

They’re also quite simple to use. Unlike their woodburning equivalents, there’s no need to add firewood or clean up ashes. But like any other natural gas systems, these fireplaces require regular tune-ups to help them run efficiently and avoid malfunctions.

When your fireplace won’t start or won’t stay on, the Experts at Abbey Air Service Experts can help. Use our step-by-step tips first. If your fireplace still isn’t heating correctly, contact us. We can handle any brand. All of our technicians are NATE certified, which means they’ve finished rigorous education to better serve you. And all of our quality work is supported by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for a year.*

Gas Fireplace Troubleshooting Tips

Fireplace Won’t Start

There could be a couple of explanations why your fireplace won’t ignite. Pull off the decorative piece under your fireplace to get at its components.

  1. Is a breaker tripped? Check your home’s electrical panel and adjust breakers as needed.
  2. Is the gas flowing? Ensure the valve is in the “open” position.
  3. Is the pilot light on? If it has been extinguished, follow manufacturer instructions to relight it. Connect the vent cap to stop drafts from putting it out.
  4. Pilot light turns on but won’t stay on? There could be a problem with the thermocouple, a metal safety sensor that controls gas flow.
  5. Pilot light stays on but fireplace won’t light? It could be the thermopile, a metal piece that changes heat to electricity to open the gas valve.

If you suspect there’s a problem with the thermocouple or thermopile, ask for assistance.

Fireplace is Making Odd Sounds or Smells

  • Rumbling or roaring noises? Adjust the flame and vacuum the burners once they’ve totally cooled.
  • Grinding or shrieking sounds? Have Abbey Air Service Experts repair or replace the blower.
  • Odd scents? Clean the fireplace’s interior and flue using the steps below. If you smell rotten eggs or burning wires, stop using the fireplace, open windows in your home and call us immediately.

Cleaning Your Gas Fireplace

Cleaning your gas fireplace on a regular basis can help it run more efficiently and avoid costly breakdowns. It may even help it work longer.

  1. Confirm your fireplace is completely cooled.
  2. Shut the gas off by turning the valve to “off.”
  3. Take out the gas logs, examine them for cracks and clean them with a soft-bristled brush.
  4. Clear the lava rocks, vacuum them one at a time and remove soot with the brush.
  5. Clean the internal parts of the fireplace with a vacuum hose attachment.
  6. Wipe down internal edges with a moist cloth. Use warm, soapy water to clean up dust or soot collections.
  7. Put back lava rocks and logs in the same arrangement.
  8. Clean the glass housing with special fireplace glass cleaner and let it dry. Windex is not recommended as it can scratch the glass or cause it to shatter.
  9. If you have a vented gas fireplace, examine the outside vent and discard debris such as leaves or bird nests.
  10. Make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working appropriately.

Schedule Annual Maintenance Today

Once your fireplace is heating again, enroll in periodic tune-ups with us. These inspections can potentially catch issues before they develop. We’ll inspect your components for damage. We’ll also make sure there aren’t any leaks and that pressurization levels are correct.