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Question DetailsAsked on 7/14/2015

Having hard time finding someone who specializes in servicing gas fireplaces not chimney cleaning.

I am looking for someone who specializes in working with gas fireplaces, is certified to work with gas lines, and particularly can reopen my gas line to my fireplace which I had sealed off about 10 years ago because I did not use it and did not like the very small gas smell that sometimes came from the unit. I need to have it reopened at the time of closing sale of my house.

I do not have a chimney. My fireplace is built into a wooden shelf. I think it has a vent, but I am not sure.

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A Plumber (Gas Fitter in a few eastern states) could reconnect the line, and replace the shutoff valve if that was the source of the gas smell - if you meant it had a gas smell when off, rather than when in use.

If had a gas smell when in use, probably is an unvented unit - they dump the exhaust gases directly into the room, so you commonly smell the odorant smell as it burns.

Since it has been out of service for 10 years, it should really be cleaned and inspected and tested as well - so you need a gas fireplace specialist who is also licensed to work on the gas lines themselves. AL doesn't have a specific category for this, though they do have a Gas Logs category that is about the closest you can get. Or google for gas fireplace vendors in your locale, cross-check on AL for any reviews, then call to see if they do repairs and maintenance and testing as well.

Some Chimney Sweeps who are also licensed as gas fitters also install and work on gas fireplaces, but not many I am thinking.

Also, some Heating and A/C contractors - but again, many do not.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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