With your nondominant hand, push the knob in and hold it in place.
What is the best way to light a propane gas fireplace?
With your dominant hand, fire the stick lighter and set the flame about 1 inch from the element. After the fire has ignited, pull the stick lighter away from the area and switch it off. After the fire has started, keep the pilot knob pressed in for around 60 seconds to allow the thermocouple to preheat. The thermocouple is a component of the fireplace assembly that must be warmed in order to function properly.
Why isn’t my propane fireplace turning on?
You’ve just gotten home from a long day at the office. The temperature in Pennsylvania has dropped to 20 degrees, and all you can think about is how nice it will be to curl up in front of your warm propane fireplace with a hot beverage. You turn on your fireplace and…nothing happens.
If your fireplace has a traditional pilot light, follow these steps:
- Step 1: Make sure the gas is switched on by checking the main valve.
- Step 2Purge the air out of the pilot tubing if the gas is on and the pilot hasn’t been lighted in several months. To do so, press and hold the pilot button for two minutes as the air drains out.
- Step 3If gas is pouring out of the pilot but it still won’t light, use a can of compressed air to clean any muck from between the igniter and thermocouple. If the problem persists, it may suggest a faulty thermocouple that has to be replaced by an expert.
If your fireplace has an electric igniter, follow these steps:
Electric igniters, rather than pilot lights, are used in some contemporary gas fireplaces. These are excellent for efficiency, but not so much for self-repair; it’s better to hire professionals.
What is the operation of my propane fireplace?
Propane fireplaces are turned on and off by turning a switch after being connected to a propane gas line. You may control the intensity of the flames with a dial, and when you’re done, simply flip the switch to turn it off. They’re the modern alternative to awkward and obnoxious wood-burning fireplaces. Electric fireplaces are also a possibility, but they can’t create the same type of flame or heat quality as a wood-burning or gas fireplace, so there’s no comparison!
Make Sure the Gas Is On
If your gas fireplace won’t turn on, the first thing you should do is double-check that the gas is turned on. Yep, it occurs! Your fireplace will not be able to light if you don’t have any gas. Check the main gas valve to make sure the gas is working properly.
Purge the Air out of the Pilot Tubing
You may need to purge the air out of the pilot tubing if the gas is on and the pilot hasn’t been lit in a few months. Hold the pilot button down for one to three minutes until the air seeps out to do this. It’s possible that you have a worn-out thermocouple if the pilot lights but doesn’t stay lighted.
Check the Spark Igniter
The spark igniter could be the issue if gas is coming out of the pilot but it still won’t light. Any debris between the igniter and the thermocouple should be removed. Blowing pressurized air into the pilot region, waiting a few minutes, and then attempting again may be able to resolve the issue.
Why won’t my gas fireplace light up when I turn it on?
A faulty wall switch is the most basic of these problems, and thus the most common.
Every year, I receive a large number of service calls as a result of a defective wall switch. This is, once again, the simplest thing to test and replace.
How does the wall switch affect the fireplace’s function?
A pilot light in a millivolt gas fireplace heats up a sensor (commonly called a thermocouple or thermopile). When heat is applied to the thermopile and thermocouple, electricity is generated (not much, actually under 1 volt). The wall switch receives this modest quantity of voltage. When you turn on the switch, it sends that voltage back to the fireplace, instructing it to turn on the flame.
What can happen over time is that the connections inside the switch get dusty, rusted, or broken, resulting in a voltage loss at the switch.
As a result, the minimal amount of voltage supplied back to the fireplace is insufficient to turn the fireplace on.
Testing the Wall switch
You’ll simply need a screwdriver to try this. To begin, locate the wall switch that activates the fireplace. Because there is less than 1 volt of electricity passing through this switch, there should be little danger of accidently shocking yourself. You’ll want to double-check that you’ve found the switch that turns on your flame, not your FAN or anything else like a LIGHT SWITCH. (You can always double-check this when we remove the cover plate because simply looking at the wiring should reveal what is what, but more on that later.)
Next, we’ll remove the cover plate using our screwdriver:
A flat head screwdriver should be enough to remove the two screws on the face plate.
We should then double-check the wiring to ensure that we have the correct wall switch.
The switch should only have two tiny wires connecting to it:
If it’s a high-voltage switch, we’d expect bigger cables and a ground wire that looks like this:
If you’re not sure, turn off the circuit breaker for the room and double-check that the electricity is turned off.
A voltage tester can also be purchased to determine whether or not electricity is present.
Next, loosen the following two screws that secure the switch to the receptacle box:
You should be able to pull the switch out of the box once they’ve been unscrewed enough.
You’ll need to be able to pull it out far enough to get to the two wires on the switch’s side.
You’ll now need to loosen the screws that hold the cables in place.
You simply need to unscrew them to the point where you can take the wires out.
After you’ve taken the wires from the wall switch, all you have to do now is connect the wires.
This is essentially just bypassing the wall switch, and if the fireplace lights up, we know the old wall switch is faulty.
Replace it with a single pole wall switch if it’s broken (you can buy these here or pick these up at any home improvement or hardware store).
You’ll most likely want to keep the old wall switch so you can keep the same color scheme and it matches the rest of the house:
If bypassing the wall switch still doesn’t turn on your fireplace, the next step is to “jump the valve.”
To do this, just connect the TH and TP/TH terminals on the valve with a wire (a paperclip works well).
One end of the paperclip should be placed on the TH terminal and the other on the TP/TH terminal:
This effectively bypasses the wall switch and any associated wiring, as well as any additional toggle switches, safety switches, and/or safety limit switches in the fireplace.
When you jump the valve and the fireplace lights up, you know something is wrong with one or more of these components.
What is the best way to tell if my gas fireplace is on?
The gas fireplace in the new house I bought last year has a wall switch that turns on the flame. I can’t get the pilot light to light since it’s gone out. On gas logs, how do you light the pilot light?
Lighting a gas log isn’t difficult, but it can be perplexing if you’ve never done it before and don’t know how they work. Although the methods for lighting the pilot on a gas fireplace differ slightly depending on the brand, they all have a few elements in common.
Natural gas or liquid propane gas can be used in gas fireplaces. Any propane will be stored outside in a huge tank that might be above ground or buried. A gas meter will be installed outside and natural gas will be pumped in from the street. You’ll normally find a round valve on top of an LPG tank that you crank counterclockwise to open, as well as a gauge on top of the tank to visually determine if you have gas.
A natural gas valve is normally found on the outside meter and has a flat quarter-turn valve that must be twisted to line up with the pipe to be switched on. The flat surface is in the off position when it is turned across the pipe’s flow. Here’s a quick way to tell if the gas is on: The gas valve contains two holes that must line up for a lock to be inserted, shutting the gas off; if the holes do not line up, the gas is on.
The gas flow should be controlled by an inside valve, which is normally located inside the access panel at the bottom of the fireplace. It could be a floor or wall switch. Inside the wall mantle of some wall units are hidden valves.
To keep things easy, make sure the gas is turned on before attempting to light your fireplace, and be mindful that you may have more than one valve.
At the bottom of your fireplace, you’ll find your controls hidden behind a little metal grate or door. Although each model is unique, you will need to raise or lower the cover to reach the controls. To see clearly, you might want to use a flashlight.
The igniter button on most modern gas logs will be a small red button. It’s similar to what you’d find on a gas barbecue. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to spark the flame with a long lighter or fireplace matches.
Find the main control knob; it will be round with a big flat area on it and will have indications for “Off,” “Pilot,” and “On.” Turn the valve to the off position if the fireplace is on or the pilot is lit, and wait a few minutes for safety. Begin by pressing the button to the pilot position. If the button won’t turn from the off position, gently press down on it to make it turn. Hold down the control knob and press the igniter a couple of times until the mark on the knob lines up with “pilot.” If the pilot light comes on, you must keep the knob pressed down long enough to heat the thermocouple, a safety feature that inhibits gas flow if the pilot light goes out. Slowly release the knob. If the pilot is still burning, turn the switch to the on position and back away; if the switch is on, you might get a quick start up.
If the pilot light does not light on the first try, keep the knob down long enough to expel the air from the gas line and let the gas to reach the pilot assembly. Attempt to light the pilot light on a regular basis. If the gas has been turned off and there is a significant distance to travel to reach the fireplace, this process may take several minutes.
You can turn the fireplace on for use once you’ve established a stable pilot. Most models come with a manual switch, which must be configured correctly in order for the wall switch to work.
When used properly, gas fireplaces are quite safe, but always keep an eye out for obstructions or debris. Turn off the valves and call a professional if you detect a strong odor of gas. Always remember to keep safety in mind.
On a gas fireplace, what is the purpose of the wall switch?
The wall switch delivers an electrical signal to your fireplace, which causes a valve to open and release gas, allowing the pilot light to light. Most fireplace valves will not open if there is no power.
Why won’t my gas fireplace’s pilot light stay lit?
A thermocouple is a component that is very likely to be the cause of your gas fireplace’s pilot light not staying lit. A thermocouple is a type of safety device used in the ignition system. Its function is to prevent the gas valve from opening unless the pilot light is lighted.
On a gas fireplace, where is the damper?
- At the foot of the chimney, above the firebox (the primary chamber where the fire burns), throat dampers are fitted. They’re typically operated by a handle, a crank, or a chain inside the fireplace.
- At the top of the chimney, top-sealing dampers or a chimney cap are attached. A chain inside the fireplace is used to open them.
On a propane fireplace, what color should the flame be?
The color of the flame in a propane gas furnace is the same as the color of the propane flame. Propane furnace flame color is a blue flame color on the flame color temperature chart, and it burns at a temperature of roughly 1,980C with complete combustion.
Gas Fireplace Flame Color
Yellow or red flames are the exception to the norm when it comes to gas fireplaces. For a more natural effect, gas fireplace flames are often constructed to burn with red flames rather than blue flames.
Because wood logs can not produce a blue flame, a gas fireplace must use yellow or red flames to achieve a realistic appearance. It’s also designed to work safely with either yellow or red flames.
This means that the flame color of the gas fireplace defies the rule of having a blue flame. They’re also flued, so if the red flames produce CO, there won’t be any issues with indoor emissions.
Propane Fireplace Flame Colour
The flame color of a gas fireplace is often yellow, as it is designed to burn with a more natural appearance.
A simulated wood fire should not burn with a blue flame color, just like real wood logs. For a realistic look and feel, a propane fireplace requires yellow or red flames. It’s also designed to work safely with yellow or red flames, and it has a chimney to keep indoor pollutants to a minimum.
Gas Cooker Yellow FlameGas Stove Temperature
A yellow flame on a gas stove suggests a difficulty with combustion. A blue flame should be present on a gas stove or range.
The temperature of a gas stove is not the same as the temperature of a gas flame, which may reach about 2,000 degrees Celsius. The temperature range of a gas burner is usually around 90C to no more than 300C.
Propane Torch Flame Temperature
The temperature of a propane torch flame is the same as that of other propane flames, at 1,980C. The temperature of a propane torch flame would also be blue. See the chart of flame color temperature above.
And Why is it Important?
To comprehend all of this, we must first examine the backdrop of flames and combustion.
The most essential aspect in determining the color of the flame is the amount of oxygen given with the gas.
Air to Gas Ratio for Natural Gas & LPG Proper Combustion
The air-to-gas ratio necessary for effective combustion differs between natural gas and LPG (propane or butane). Natural gas has an air-to-gas ratio of about 10:1.
LPG gases have a higher air-to-gas ratio. For propane gas, the air-to-gas ratio is around 24:1. Butane gas has a ratio of around 31:1 air to gas.
LPG is often given in a lesser quantity but at a higher pressure to achieve this difference, bringing more oxygen into the combustion process with it, providing LPG a higher air to gas ratio than natural gas.
Gas Cooker Yellow FlameAre Yellow or Red Flames on Gas Stove Dangerous
A gas burner with yellow or red flames is harmful because it indicates incomplete combustion and the production of carbon monoxide (CO). If it happens with an interior appliance like a gas stove, a yellow flame on a gas burner is a severe safety issue. It’s also possible that you’re squandering gas.
A yellow flame on your gas stove indicates that you should schedule a gas stove servicing as soon as possible.