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Question DetailsAsked on 9/6/2013

I have 2 gas fireplaces that will not start. Who do I call to check them near 38654 area?

How expensive could it be. They will not light and the city personal was unable to light them.

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Hard to say what is wrong -

1) possibly a valve is off somewhere, or far less likely,

2) a drip leg filled with so much water that it is blocking flow to the pipe leading to the gas fireplaces.

3) Have you had work done on water heater or furnace or gas kitchen appliances or dryer, or gas company worked on meter or shut off the gas at some time since you last used the fireplaces - maybe plumber turned a valve off while he was working and forgot to turn it back on. Also, if gas was off for a while the lines fill with air, so to light the device you have to have the gas flowing (in lighting mode) long enough to vent all the air out of the line. If it is 10 or 20 feet from the shutoff valve at the furnace or waer heater, or the main shutoff, it can take a good minute or two for the gas to push out the air and start burning.

4) Also extremely remote possibility, if these have not been used for a long time, is the valves corroded and the handles turn but are no longer connected to the valves themselves, but tht would be unlikely to affect both at once. Check, when you push the ignite or light button, if you hear gas/air coming out or it makes match flame waver as you try to light it - if not, you do not have gas flow.

5) One other thought - if these are electric ignition or have electric blowers or dampers - did someone turn off the power to them ? Without power the safety devices would prevent gas flow.

Hard to guess price - cold be minimum service charge of $75-150 to find one of the aove if you don't want to do them yourself, to about the same to $25-75 additional to change out a valve, to $150-300 if a line blockage that he has to track down.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


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