Troubleshooting Your Propane Fireplace: Common Problems

A propane fireplace adds warmth to a room, both visually and by heating the air. It also provides a focal point and a place for people to gather. But like any other appliance, a propane fireplace can develop problems. These troubleshooting tips will help you keep your propane fireplace in top working condition.

Always Turn off the Gas

Before you begin to poke around and troubleshoot your fireplace, always make sure the valves to the propane are securely turned to the off position. This will insure proper safety is maintained during any of the times that you are in the process of troubleshooting and fixing your propane fireplace.

Checking the Igniter

The ignitor is responsible for turning on your pilot light (the little blue flame) of your fireplace. These units sometimes go bad and need to be replaced. To check the igniter, turn the gas on and press the button. Do you see any spark? Is there any flame coming out? If you do not see anything, then your igniter is likely bad and you will need a replacement.

Check the Propane Tank

The most overlooked cause of a propane fireplace that simply will not start is the propane tank. Check to make sure that you have not run out of propane. Go outside to your tank and check the fill level. If it is nearing the bottom, you will want to call your propane supplier and have them drop in a refill of propane so you can use your fireplace again.

Replace the Batteries

Many fireplaces today have remote receivers and homeowners do not go underneath the fireplace to start them or ignite the flame. If you re having trouble starting your fireplace. it can be a simple mantter of changing the batteries in your receiver.

Check the Damper

Some models of fireplaces use a damper. The damper controls the amount of air intake into the fireplace. The air intake is also responsible for making sure your fireplace starts and runs smoothily. Try adjusting the damper one way or the other way and see how this affects the operation of your fireplace.

Check the Gas Lines

A fireplace will not stay lit for a long period of time if you have air in your propane or gas lines. Test your fireplace. If you notice the fireplace is not staying lit beyond a few minutes or less, you need to inspect the gas lines. You will need to pull them apart and remove the air that is trapped within. This problem usually occurs when you have just had your propane tank filled.