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Jan 02, 2019

What You Need To Know If You’ve Never Owned A Gas Fireplace Before

Most people love having a fireplace in their home, particularly a gas fireplace. And it’s little wonder really—gas fireplaces are convenient (no chopping firewood or stoking the fire required) and safe (no embers flying out into your lounge room). They’re better at maintaining air quality inside your home, particularly as they’re equipped with vents that remove all by-products, including moisture, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide.

Plus, gas fireplaces can be easily dressed up with gorgeous fireplace surrounds made to suit any interior design scheme. Gas fireplaces really do offer a myriad of benefits.

Now that you understand exactly why a fireplace could be a fantastic addition to your property, read on to discover everything you need to know if you've never owned one before.

Learn How to Operate It

A gas fireplace is very easy to operate—usually, you can just press the ‘on’ button and then bask in the warmth of its glow. But, it’s always a good idea to consult the instruction manual. You should familiarise yourself with how the fan and temperature settings work.

If you've moved into a new home with a gas fireplace and can't find the manual, you can start with the rating plate. This will be located behind a removable panel and will contain information such as the model and serial numbers of the fireplace. Using this information, you can then search online search for manuals, dealers and service technicians.

Check the Batteries

If you’re about to light your fireplace for the first time, you should check the batteries in any receivers, remotes and battery backups. You should pay careful attention to any battery packs located on the unit itself if you're dealing with an older model, as they can cause issues. Fresh batteries also save you from calling out a technician to fix a gas fireplace that really just needs a couple of double AAs.

Understand the Pilot Light

There are two types of pilot lights, which vary depending on the type of fireplace you have:

  • Standing Pilot: This method uses a constant pilot light, which is run by a small but continuous supply of gas.
  • Electronic Ignition: This method only lights a pilot light when the fireplace is on and requires a backup battery.

To operate an electronic ignition, you just have to turn it on via the thermostat, switch or remote. You also have to ensure the gas supply is turned on. If you flick the switch and nothing happens, check the gas and turn it off and on again. If this doesn’t work, call a technician.

If you're dealing with a standing pilot unit, you need to make sure the pilot is lit. If it is lit, turn the valve control to on and then turn up the thermostat or use the switch or remote to turn the heat on. If the pilot isn’t running, follow the manual to light it as every method is different.

So, whether you’ve got a contemporary fireplace, or a more traditional looking fireplace, keep these tips and tricks in mind to ensure your fireplace works like a treat every time you switch it on.