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In need of Fireplace Repair? Check for These Signs

Some of the common signs that your gas fireplace needs repair or service are simply annoying, but others could have health and safety consequences for you and your family.  The top signs that your gas fireplace needs repair are:

Pilot Light Problems

If your fireplace won’t stay lit, it could be due to wear and tear of parts or improper maintenance.

It could be a simple issue like a broken thermopile which does need to be replaced from time to time.  However, your pilot light problems could be due to faulty wiring or other more serious problem. If you suspect wiring problems, don’t attempt to fix the issue on your own. Instead, call a professional to assist you. 


With a propane fireplace, soot build-up is a sign of a possible problem.  Soot is normal for a wood-burning fireplace, not a gas fireplace. If you see soot on the glass in front of your fireplace, logs, or on outside venting, you should have it looked at.

Soot can be the result of a dirty chimney. Make sure your chimney is clean and free from any obstructions. Improper airflow can lead to flames that have too much gas which inevitably leads to more soot.  Gas fireplaces can also produce soot as a result of parts that are rusting or worn out over the course of time. 

By making sure soot does not build up and get out of control, you can help keep your fireplace in good condition for much longer while also helping maintain its appearance to keep it looking its best.

On/Off Malfunctions

Another one of the most common signs that propane fireplace maintenance help is needed is a fireplace that switches on and off unexpectedly. Much like any heating system that won’t stay on, if your fireplace is struggling to stay running, you will need to reach out for repairs. This could be due to a number of issues ranging from a problem with the millivolt generator to a venting issue.

Rotten Egg Smell

If you smell gas or rotten eggs, hear, or see any signs of a possible gas leak, turn off the fireplace, open your windows and doors and contact a professional for repairs immediately.

Fireplace Making Strange Noises

Some noises are perfectly normal during operation. But there are some noises that are concerning and likely caused by external problems. 

If your fireplace makes roaring or rumbling noises, it could be due to dirty burners. Shrieking noises could indicate a problem with the blower. If you are observing unusual sounds, be sure to track when they are occurring.

Normal Wear and Tear

Your gas fireplace is subject to wear and tear just like any other HVAC system in your home. Different components and pieces can wear out, especially if you operate your fireplace between periods of almost no use and then suddenly very high use in a short span.

Call us today to schedule your annual maintenance and inspection to keep your gas fireplace running safely and efficiently.