Fireplace Pilot Problem

Old 10-30-03, 05:14 AM
pat sciortino
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gas fireplace pilot light

I have a ventles gas fireplace that has a pilot light that will not stay lit. When you turn the gas on, and ignite the pilot light, it will light and the flame is blue, however when you turn the ingnitor button to on, the pilot light goes out. I have held the button in for as much as 5 minnutes and it still happens. The fireplace worked fine last season. In addition, when you try to ingnite the logs, they will not light..
Any advice??
Old 10-30-03, 06:22 AM
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Hello Pat and Welcome to our Do It Yourself Web Site and my Gas Appliances forum.

Most likely the pilot generator {PG} is weak or burned out. The pilot generator is the round tubular looking element in the pilot assembly. The flames encircle it. It has two wires extending from it which are attached to the gas valve where the reset button is.

If the pilot flames are all blue, no yellow in the flames or yellow tips in the flames, the flames do encircle the element, the elements tip is glowing red, the generator is most likely worn out. Replacing it should resolve the problem.

Pilot generators come in several sizes. They each do the same function. However, each produces different amounts of current based upon the different applications they are used in and are used in many different appliances. Purchase an exact duplicate.

If replacing the generator does not correct the problem, it may the be required to remove the entire gas valve and have it tested at the local retail appliance parts store. Stores are listed in the phone directory.

Read the manufacturers online web site. Product information, problem possibilities, solving methods, part locations, disassembly, reassembly methods, repair procedures and instructions, pictorials and schematics, may be available online.

An excellent source for original replacement parts is your local retail appliance parts store and most gas fireplace appliance retail sales dealers.

Retail parts dealers can also help determine what the possible problem may be. Bring the make, model and serial numbers. The info you provide will help to determine the problem causes. Parts dealers are listed in the phone book.

For additional information etc. read the recent postings within this forum pertaining to fireplace & gas log topics. The questions asked describe like or similarly related problems as your question.

The prior postings and the replies offered within them contain all the required information needed pertaining to the many potential or possible problems with gas log appliances.

If you need further assistance, use the REPLY button to add any additional information or questions, etc. Using the reply button also moves the topic back up to the top of the list automatically.

Regards & Good Luck.
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