Turning on your Gas Fireplace for the First Time This Year

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Fall is the Season for Getting Cozy In Front of Your Gas Fireplace

If you own a gas fireplace, it probably has a wall switch installed to turn the fireplace on and off after it has been lit for the first time. If you’re turning on your gas fireplace for the first time this season, here are some recommendations for optimum results:

Gas FireplaceOn the regulator, there is a manual knob that has three positions: off, pilot and on. There will be instructions on a placard for your unit on how to light the unit for the first time. Also make sure that the wall on/off switch is in the off position before you go to light the gas, and that the gas is turned on before starting. This is because there is usually a shut off valve in the gas supply line a few inches before the line connects to the regular.

Turn the manual knob to the pilot positions and hold and press while you push the ignition switch. It make take several attempts, but eventually the pilot will light. After it does, hold the pilot valve depressed until the thermocouple becomes warm enough to keep the gas flowing to the pilot. This may take about a minute or so.

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After the pilot valve is lit, turn the on/off valve on the regulator to the ‘ON’ position. Turn the wall on/off switch to ‘ON’ as well, and you will hear the logs light with a whoosh. Once you’ve set up your gas fireplace for the season, all you’ll have to do to maintain it is turn it on or off from the wall switch.

We recommend that you turn off your gas fireplace during the summer season, as the pilot light will consume a considerable amount of gas.

If you have any questions about operating your gas fireplace, contact us today!

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