I have a Heatilator Novus series gas fireplace. The pilot seems to have gotten rather high over the years. In the manual it shows a pilot adjustment area. I looked and found a cap screw. Is this a screw cover or is this the adjustment screw. The flame on pilot is a 1" blue and yellow flame.
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Re: Heatilator Pilot Issue
Any pilot adjustment would be under a large screw with a flat blade slot in it. There would be a smalled flat blade screw under it. Warning: Too small of a flame and your safety device won't work. READ MORE
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Christopher, You may need to remove glass or it may be hinged and swing open.I will post links on how to relight pilot below. "I hope this helped you out, if so let me know by pressing the helpful button. Check out some of my other posts if you need more tips and info."
It sounds like the Ignition Control Module went out, as I've heard the vibrating noise you speak of just before the module "dies." You most likely have the gray Robertshaw control module box located under the fireplace connecting the power to the gas valve. You will need to have a Certified Gas Fireplace Specialist look into this issue and replace, if necessary.
Gas apliances have safety features built into them so you don't blow yourself up. The pilot heats a thermocoupler which tells the gas valve there is a flame, open the main gas to the burner. If you can see the flame area of the pilot look for a round post about 3/16 inch in diamiter. This should be directly in the flame, if not bend the bracket so it is in one side of the pilot flame. The thermocouple is attached to a mounting bracket. This will be held in place by a 1/4 inch hex screw. remove the screw and the capilary tube leading to the gas control valve. Before you do anything, close the main gas supply to the fireplace and disconnect the power to the fan. You may need to semi dismantle the fireplace to get the thermocouple. The gas valve end is a brass 1/4 pipe thread plug. Turn the outer nut and remove without twisting the tube. Reverse this order to install a new one. Besure not to twist the capilary tube, tighten brass nut 1/4 turn past hand tight. Your better heating supply house will have these in stock. Restarting the pilot will take a few tries because the gas was off. Your gas suplier would charge about $75 to fix this. if you don't have the proper tools and it dosen't look pretty stright forward don't do it. You could get dead.
if this is a newer unit, check for wires at the gas valve that lead up to the to where the heat exchanger is. there is a thermal safety disc up there. Most have a re-set on them. If its an old heater without this safety disc, then if you have checked the pilot generator, and are sure that's not the problem, then it may be the pilot solenoid on the main gas valve.