411homerepair.com

Latest Articles

Dryer Vent Cleaning: When, Why & How?

The first thing to do is to get the right tools for the job. Start with the basics and move on to the more serious things you need- cloths to catch...

on Nov 12, 2019

How to Paint High Ceilings

The first thing to do is to get the right tools for the job. Start with the basics and move on to the more serious things you need- cloths to catch...

on Nov 12, 2019

HVAC Tips: How Often Should I Replace My HVAC System?

When it comes to your home, one of the most important components that you probably don’t think about often is your HVAC system. It keeps you...

on Nov 8, 2019

Advantages and Disadvantages of Green Roofing

Green roofing is made up of a vegetation layer that is planted on top of a waterproof system installed on a slightly-sloped or flat roof. Green...

on Nov 8, 2019

Five Benefits of Choosing Aluminum Fencing

When choosing fencing for either your home or your commercial property, you want to look for good fencing material while still staying within...

on Nov 8, 2019

Gas Fireplace Diagnostics and Troubleshooting

by 411 on Apr 11, 2017

Follow these steps for diagnosing and troubleshooting Gas Fireplaces repairs.

For the average DIYer, this may seem intimidating, depending on the problem; however, there are some basic symptoms, cause, and remedies you can troubleshoot on your own without too much trouble.

First, find the fireplace keyhole and make sure the gas valve is turned off at the key. This is always located right next to your fireplace.

Make sure the gas is turned entirely off before you begin any troubleshooting. If the gas has been on recently, open a window and wait a few minutes.

The following tasks are to troubleshoot your fireplace with remedies and repairs on some basic problems.

No Pilot Light, Pilot will light but goes out when the button is released
Main burner is slow to come or doesn't start sometimes
Black soot inside the fireplace and the chimney

No Pilot Light, Pilot will light but goes out when the button is released

Cause

Remedy

Draft Spill Switch open.

Your gas fireplace may be equipped with a draft switch. These can be a manual reset or auto reset.

Check the vent cap for damage or bent to one side. A bent cap can cause a down draft

Pilot Light  blown  out from down draft in the chimney. There should be a least a 10' Radius clear around the vent termination. Any obstruction located around the chimney opening can create a positive pressure. Force wind to push down the chimney.
Weak Thermopile Generator The original Thermopile that comes with most gas fireplace will fail in the first 3-5 years. Disconnect the leads from the generator and test with a voltmeter. There should be at least 500 millivolts 0.5 VDC Any less indicates a weak generator, replace generator

Main burner is slow to come or doesn't start sometimes

Cause

Remedy

Low voltage to the gas valve

Weak Thermopile Generator. Generator output is less than 500 mv.

Poor connection on the wiring, a dirty or loose connection will cause an excessive voltage drop, stealing power from the gas valve. Any wiring connections with marettes should be soldered, crimped with proper connectors, or tightened on a connection block or screw terminal board.

Black soot inside the fireplace and the chimney

Cause

Remedy

Poor Air gas ratio, flame is burning too rich

Flame is burning too rich increase primary air.

In order to keep the flame as attractive as possible, the primary air is kept to a minimum. Dirt build up around the air intake, dirty burners or operation at high altitude 2000 ft ++ can cause sooting. Increase primary air by locating the burner inlet and opening the shutter.

It might be a fix inlet with no adjustment and will require gas adjustment or changes to the manifold. Combustion testing equipment is required to make any changes in the gas manifold.

Author

vitviz411

411

Sponsored Articles

Random Articles

Using Canvas Art to Decorate Your Home

When it comes to decorating your home, there are a ton of options. There are countless paintings you can hang up, sculptures you can put around,...

Interior Design / Decor

How to Pick the Right Tankless Water Heater for You

Though tankless water heaters were once expensive appliances that couldn’t quite meet the demands of a large family, new technology has...

Plumbing / Basements

Key Things to Know About Securing a Home When Moving Abroad

If you r\are planning to make the big leap and move abroad, you will very likely feel excited and daunted at the same time. It is never an easy...

Safety / Security

4 Smart Ways to Make Your Yard Safer for Young Children

You do not need to raise your child in a bubble to keep them safe. Kids need the freedom to play outside to stay healthy and develop a sense of...

Safety / Security

How to Buy a Great Foreign Apartment

For those who have simply no knowledge of the property market, the prospect of investing in a classy and luxurious apartment is definitely...

Real Estate / Finance

Actions

Contact Us | Submit Article | 411homerepair © 2019