We Can Repair Any Kind of Gas Fireplace in Houston

Gas fireplaces make adding heat to your Houston home simple. Just flick a switch or press a button for immediate heat.

They’re also relatively effortless to use. Unlike their woodburning equivalents, there’s no need to put in firewood or remove ashes. But like any other natural gas units, these fireplaces need routine tune-ups to help them run efficiently and avoid malfunctions.

When your fireplace won’t light or won’t stay lit, the professionals at Church Services can help. Use our easy-to-understand hints first. If your fireplace still isn’t working like it should, let us know. We can take care of any type. All of our professionals are NATE certified, which means they’ve completed in-depth education to better help you. And all of our outstanding work is upheld by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for a year.*

Gas Fireplace Troubleshooting Tips

Fireplace Won’t Start

There could be several explanations why your fireplace won’t turn on. Remove the cosmetic cover beneath your fireplace to get at its pieces.

  1. Is a breaker tripped? Take a look at your home’s electrical panel and reboot breakers as needed.
  2. Is the gas flowing? Make sure the valve is in the “open” position.
  3. Is the pilot light burning? If it is out, follow manufacturer instructions to reignite. Connect the vent cap to halt drafts from putting it out.
  4. Pilot light lights but won’t stay on? There could be trouble with the thermocouple, a metal safety sensor that monitors gas flow.
  5. Pilot light stays on but fireplace won’t light? It could be the thermopile, a metal piece that converts heat to electricity to open the gas valve.

If you have a suspicion there’s a problem with the thermocouple or thermopile, ask for service.

Fireplace is Making Odd Sounds or Smells

  • Rumbling or roaring noises? Adjust the flame and vacuum the burners once they’ve totally cooled.
  • Grinding or shrieking sounds? Have Church Services fix or put in a new blower.
  • Odd odors? Clean the fireplace’s interior and flue using the steps below. If you smell rotten eggs or burning wires, turn off the fireplace, open windows in your home and call us without delay.

Cleaning Your Gas Fireplace

Cleaning your gas fireplace on a routine basis can help it operate more efficiently and avoid costly malfunctions. It may even help it work longer.

  1. Make sure your fireplace is totally cooled.
  2. Switch the gas off by rotating the valve to “off.”
  3. Pull out the gas logs, examine them for cracks and clean them with a soft-bristled brush.
  4. Remove the lava rocks, vacuum them one at a time and wipe away soot with the brush.
  5. Clean the internal parts of the fireplace with a vacuum hose attachment.
  6. Rub down inside edges with a moist cloth. Use warm, soapy water to get rid of dust or soot collections.
  7. Return lava rocks and logs in the same order.
  8. Clean the glass housing with special fireplace glass cleaner and let it dry. Windex is not recommended as it can etch the glass or cause it to crack.
  9. If you have a vented gas fireplace, take a look at the outside vent and discard debris such as leaves or bird nests.
  10. Check your carbon monoxide detector is working appropriately.

Schedule Annual Maintenance Today

Once your fireplace is heating again, schedule periodic inspections with us. These examinations can potentially discover problems before they start. We’ll test your components for cracks. We’ll also make certain there aren’t any leaks and that pressurization levels are accurate.