Gas fireplace won't light up even when pilot light is on
The gas fireplace was brand new in 2006, used only a few times and then turned off completely and never used again for at least 2 years. Now I'm trying to use it. The pilot light is on, but I couldn't get it to burn/light up. What could be the problem?
Re: gas fireplace won't light up even when pilot light is...
Check for how clean the bottom of the unit is. I know it seems small but when dealing with these amounts of electric current they are just that "small" and the dust can be shorting out the unit and not allowing the gas valve to release the gas. Its a safety thing, they dont want gas around an electrical short "go figure" lol
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if the stove or fireplace doesn't have electronic ignition then yes its looking for a pilot lite I used to have a old water heater that did this , turns out the problem was defective gas regulator making the pressures go up/down also was leaking outside that's what made it noticable
If you could answer a few questions I may be able to help.
Is there a thermostat hooked up to this fireplace?
Is the gas valve turned from pilot to on?
Is this a millivolt system with a powerpile?
Let me know and I will try to help you out.
The Skytech 5301 does not control your pilot light. That is a function of your fireplace's valve. Complete instructions for lighting your pilot can be found in the owner's manual of your fireplace, or at the brand's website. The 5301 should not need to be reset in any way. Once your pilot is re-lit it will operate normally. If you need a new copy of the 5301 manual, it can be found at the bottom of the product page here: Skytech 5301 fireplace remote.
I'm going to assume your fireplace has a pilot light.
Follow the little holes in the burner that lead to the pilot light.
Make sure the pilot flame is pointing directly at the closest burner hole. (adjust if necessary).
Often, you will need to sprinkle a layer of "glowing embers" in this area. The embers will help the gas travel to the pilot light and ignite.
Always start your propane appliance on "High" never "Low". Cold propane likes to drop to the bottom of the firebox and accumulate until it reaches the pilot (this is called delayed ignition). Keeping it on "high" will help the fuel travel over to the pilot without buildup.
The magnet inside the gas valve is probably gone or simply has corrosion. Remove the thermocouple from the magnet at the base of the safety valve. Do not remove the magnet it is not serviceable. Clean out the hole with a pencil eraser. Reinstall the thermocouple and retry. Getting a gas valve will be a task unless yall can find another used fireplace. Most of time corrosion buildup causes the problem. The probability of the thermocouple itself being bad is slim because they are very well built. Let me know.
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.