7 Essential Spare Gas Fireplace Parts
There are several gas fireplace parts you should store near your gas fireplace. If you have this kind of fireplace, you should have the following items accessible in order to ensure optimal performance and safety of your fireplace.
Spare Gas Keys or Valves
Gas fireplaces often have a shutoff valve in the floor. These operate by the use of a key and should the key become lost, you will not be able to operate the fireplace. Using tools in the place of a key, like screwdrivers or pliers, can be dangerous. Keep an extra key on hand. Other fireplaces have a shutoff valve in the fireplace. Having an extra valve on hand can save you some trouble in the event of a broken handle or cracked valve. Be sure to shut off the gas to the house before replacing a valve.
Having a spare thermostat on hand can keep your fireplace operational during cold weather. Thermostats can go out regularly, causing the fan to malfunction and an overheat the fireplace. A replaceable thermostat prevents delays in repairing a problem and keeps the temperature of the fireplace, as well as the room, at a safe level.
If your gas fireplace has a remote control, it is a good idea to purchase an additional one. Also, make sure you know how to operate your fireplace without a remote in the even of an emergency.
One of the most common problems with a gas fireplace is malfunction of the wall switch. The wall switches are fairly easy to replace, however, be sure to turn off power to the switch while performing the repair.
Fireplace Cleaning Kit
Another common problem with gas fireplaces is the dirt and dust that clogs the electronic and mechanical controls. Turning off the pilot light and cleaning it thoroughly in addition to carefully cleaning the logs, gas outlets, and ignition system will often return a sputtering or non-functional gas fireplace to full use.
It is not uncommon for the front glass of the fireplace to break, either because of activity of family members in the home or because of malfunction of the pilot light causing a minor burst of flame. The glass is pretty easy to install and can be accomplished without professional help.
It is not uncommon for the blower motor to fail on a gas fireplace every now and again. A replacement motor will be very handy when you need to perform a repair. Having at least one stored nearby your fireplace is recommended.