We Can Repair Any Kind of Gas Fireplace in Indianapolis

Gas fireplaces make adding warmth to your Indianapolis home easy. Just flick a switch or press a button for immediate heat.

They’re also relatively easy to use. Unlike their woodburning alternatives, there’s no need to use firewood or sweep up ashes. But like any other natural gas units, these fireplaces require regular service to help them run efficiently and avoid failure.

When your fireplace won’t ignite or won’t stay on, the Experts at Broad Ripple Service Experts can help. Use our easy-to-understand guide first. If your fireplace still isn’t heating like it should, contact us. We can take care of any type. All of our professionals are NATE certified, which means they’ve passed comprehensive instruction to better help you. And all of our quality work is supported by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for a year.*

Gas Fireplace Troubleshooting Tips

Fireplace Won’t Start

There could be a couple of explanations why your fireplace won’t turn on. Pull off the ornamental piece beneath your fireplace to access its parts.

  1. Is a breaker tripped? Inspect your home’s electrical panel and adjust breakers as necessary.
  2. Is the gas flowing? Ensure the valve is in the “open” setting.
  3. Is the pilot light burning? If it has been extinguished, follow manufacturer instructions to relight it. Fasten the vent cap to stop drafts from blowing it out.
  4. Pilot light ignites but won’t stay ablaze? There could be a problem with the thermocouple, a metal safety sensor that monitors gas flow.
  5. Pilot light stays lit but fireplace won’t start? It could be the thermopile, a metal piece that transforms heat to electricity to open the gas valve.

If you suspect there’s a problem with the thermocouple or thermopile, ask for assistance.

Fireplace is Making Odd Sounds or Smells

  • Rumbling or roaring noises? Modify the flame and vacuum the burners once they’ve fully cooled.
  • Grinding or shrieking sounds? Have Broad Ripple Service Experts repair or install a new blower.
  • Strange smells? Clean the fireplace’s interior and flue following the steps below. If you smell rotten eggs or burning wires, turn off the fireplace, ventilate your home and call us immediately.

Cleaning Your Gas Fireplace

Cleaning your gas fireplace on a consistent basis can help it heat more efficiently and avoid costly breakdowns. It may even help it work longer.

  1. Verify your fireplace is fully cooled.
  2. Shut the gas off by turning the valve to “off.”
  3. Remove the gas logs, examine them for cracks and clean them with a soft-bristled brush.
  4. Extract the lava rocks, vacuum them separately and remove soot with the brush.
  5. Clean the internal parts of the fireplace with a vacuum hose attachment.
  6. Clean interior edges with a moist cloth. Use warm, soapy water to remove dust or soot collections.
  7. Replace lava rocks and logs in the same design.
  8. Clean the glass covering with special fireplace glass cleaner and let it dry. Windex is not recommended as it can scratch the glass or cause it to break.
  9. If you have a vented gas fireplace, inspect the outside vent and get rid of debris such as leaves or bird nests.
  10. Ensure your carbon monoxide detector is working properly.

Schedule Annual Maintenance Today

Once your fireplace is heating again, enroll in regular inspections with us. These checks can potentially discover trouble before they start. We’ll test your components for fractures. We’ll also make certain there aren’t any leaks and that pressurization levels are right.