How does fireplace switch work?

The wall switch sends an electrical signal to your fireplace to open a valve and release the gas for the pilot light to light it. Without power most fireplace valves will not open. Do the logs need to be on the grates for the pilot light to stay on? No they do not.

When you flip a wall switch, click on your remote control or the thermostat calls for heat, the gas valve on your fireplace will open. Gas valves generate their own electricity and operate on millivolts, a very small amount of electricity.

Furthermore, will my propane fireplace work without electricity? Modern gas fireplaces more than likely have an intermittent pilot ignition system. The IntelliFire and IntelliFire Plus use batteries to pilot your gas fireplace during a power outage. If you have a standing pilot, the gas fireplace will light itself without the need for electricity.

Also asked, how do you turn a fireplace on with a switch?

Many gas fireplaces come equipped with a wall switch control panel for activating the unit and adjusting the level of the flame. Simply push the “On” button and the pilot should ignite. If the flame does not ignite, you may need to ignite the pilot at the fireplace itself using one of the above methods.

Should the pilot light always be on in a gas fireplace?

Electronic ignition is when the pilot light on a gas fireplace/insert/stove is only running when the fireplace is on, this means that the unit is likely to have a battery backup as well. A standing pilot is always on, always using a small amount of gas to run constantly unless the gas is physically turned off.

Do gas fireplaces work when the power is out?

Gas Fireplaces: There is no danger to continuously running a gas fireplace during a power outage. It will just heat less square footage because it is only producing radiant heat. The blower that would normally turn on with the fireplace needs electricity to work.

How do you test a gas fireplace?

How to Test a Gas Fireplace Thermocouple Step 1 – Locate Gas Valve and Pilot Assembly. The thermocouple will resemble a long copper wire running between the pilot light and the gas supply valve. Step 2 – Hold Pilot Open to Heat Thermocouple. Push in the control valve and light the pilot flame. Step 3 – Watch Pilot with Main Burners On.

How do you clean a thermocouple?

Remove Thermocouple from pilot assembly, using steel wool or emery cloth to lightly clean the tip removing any soot or build up that might have accorded due to an improper pilot flame. Using an eraser from a pencil; clean the threads of the nut that connects the Thermocouple to the control valve and then re-tighten.

How long can you leave a gas fireplace on?

However, if your gas fireplace is vent-free or has doors on the front that can easily be opened, you should only operate it for two to three hours at a time, the service representatives said.

Is it safe to leave pilot light on fireplace?

Leaving the gas on keeps this compound moving out of the tubes. Keeping the pilot light on will also keep moisture out of the unit and in turn, help prevent corrosion. As you can see, it’s probably best in most cases to extinguish the pilot light in your gas fireplace during the months when you don’t need heat.

How do I light the pilot on my fireplace?

Hold the gas control button down while you hold the end of a lighted match or lighter at the end of the pilot tube. The pilot should start as soon as the flame is close enough. Hold the pilot button down for about 20 seconds to give the thermocouple time to heat up, then release it. The pilot should stay lit.

How do you turn off the pilot light on a fireplace?

Turn the gas control valve to the Off position. The gas supply to the pilot light will be cut off and the flame will go out. To avoid accidentally turning off the pilot light when turning off the burner, there is generally a mechanical block to prevent turning the valve all the way to the Off position.

Are gas fireplaces safe?

Gas fireplaces are safe. But as with all gas appliances, they do produce carbon monoxide. If something goes wrong, carbon monoxide put the home’s occupants at risk. Therefore, carbon monoxide detectors are a critical part of gas fireplace safety, even if you don’t use the fireplace often.