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Question DetailsAsked on 4/18/2017

My electric start fireplace leaks has after it is turned off.

With the switch in the off position, you can smell gas. The pilot is still lit but there's a smell of gas. I have to turn the valve completely off with the key to stop the smell.

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Well - certainly keep it turned off with the key valve until fixed. While this can be a connection leak (easy to fix - minimum service charge typically $75-150 range) or sometimes a poorly designed unit which burns through tubing or piping because it is too close to the flame, pretty commonly it is because of a leaking gas valve. They tend to leak around the stem or actuator after 15-25 years. Not repairable (almost no one will take on the risk of repairing a gas valve these days even if it is just a seal or ring that needs replacing, and manufacturers will not supply parts) so just change out for a new one - typically about $100-200 for the valve (some run up to $300-400 including new safety pilot assembly), and about $100-250 labor commonly depending on how hard it is to get at - sometimes the valves are built-into the adjacent hearth wall.

Plus typically a few hundred $ to on up repair for the wall/mantlepiece if the valve was built-in without access to it (which is illegal, BTW - should have a removeable cover over it for access.)

Depending on locale, sometimes specialty gas stove companies are the only people who routinely repair stuff like this (not an Angies List category), sometimes Heating and A/C contractors, sometimes plumbers. Since electric start (rather than manually lit) I would start with a gas stove or HVAC company that does gas starters for fireplace installations and repairs.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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