If you are searching online for “how to light a gas fireplace” or even “how to turn on a gas fireplace,” then this post is for you! A gas fireplace is much easier to operate and maintain than a traditional wood fireplace. Use this as a guide on how to properly light a gas fireplace using several different ignition systems.
How To Turn On A Gas Fireplace
Gas fireplaces send natural gas to a paneled and insulated fireplace unit. This gas originates from a main line. The unit is then ignited by a pilot light which sparks the gas line underneath the ceramic logs. This pilot light will remain on until flames are created by the simple touch of a button. Now, there are several different ways to ignite your fireplace, so lets explore your options below.
Gas Fireplace Without Electricity
You may or may not need electricity to power your fireplace, depending on where the unit is located. Typically, gas fireplaces come with pilot lights that can ignite the flames with or without electricity. Some modern fireplaces may have an electronic ignition system that requires external electricity. But, in most cases a backup battery is available.
Gas Fireplace Pilot Light
The pilot light is essentially just a starter light, hidden within the fireplace as to not take away any of the unit’s aesthetically-pleasing look. The first thing individuals must do is locate the pilot light to turn on the fireplace. Generally, this light is located underneath the main frame of the unit. The light will be small, so make sure you spend enough time to properly locate this switch.
Gas Fireplace Won’t Ignite
This is a common problem for most individuals trying to ignite the fireplace for the first time. Check that the gas valve is on and emitting gas first. If you are holding the pilot light and hear clicking sounds, this means the starter is priming itself. This is done to safely receive gas and eventually ignite the unit.
Gas Fireplace Cost
Gas fireplaces come in between the costs of electric and wood-burning fireplaces. Electric unit installation costs range from $600-$1,750, while wood-burning fireplaces cost between $8,500-$22,000. A gas fireplace will cost anywhere from $3,650-$7,800, but the price is well worth the reward. Gas fireplace owners will save money in the long run due to the low amount of maintenance these units require. And compared to wood-burning fireplaces, gas is much more energy efficient. Installing a gas fireplace typically costs an average of $6,550, according to FixR.
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