How does a gas fireplace control valve work?

How does a gas fireplace control valve work?

Gas flows into a series of valves attached to your gas fireplace. The valves are always closed unless something opens it. This prevents gas from flowing into your home when the fireplace is not lit. A device called a thermocouple will hold open the pilot light valve as long as the pilot light is lit.

How do I know if my gas fireplace valve is bad?

One way to test if your main control valve is bad is by testing resistance. We can do this with our Digital Multimeter. First, find you need to find “Zero” but touching your multimeter leads together. If it reads anything other than zero, you’ll want to subtract this number from the number you will read on the valve.

Where is the gas valve on a gas fireplace?

Gas fireplace: The shut-off for a gas fireplace is typically on the control panel. This control panel can be found behind the front screen, where a knob that controls the flow of gas can be turned to ‘off’.

How long do gas fireplace valves last?

A: In the average home, a well-maintained vented log set with ceramic logs will last 10 or more years. A well-maintained vent-free log set with ceramic logs can also last a long time, but, if heavily used, will begin to wear in 3-5 years.

What does TP stand for on gas valve?

Your thermopile should be hooked up to the TP and TP/TH terminals on the valve (the “TP” stands for Thermopile): With the leads still attached to your valve, and the pilot light running, you can test the voltage on the terminals that the thermopile is connected to. (

How much does it cost to replace a gas fireplace valve?

A gas valve as a replacement part can be pricey – over $200 in some cases. Add to that the labor costs and, as we mentioned above, the cost can range from $300 – $750.

What does the gas valve look like?

Main Gas Shutoff Valves The valve will usually look like a small rectangle, and you’ll need a special wrench to turn it. When it’s open, the long side is parallel to the incoming gas pipe. To stop the flow of gas, close the valve by turning it perpendicular to the incoming line.

How do you turn on a gas fireplace valve?

Igniting with a Fireplace Key

  1. Look over the user manual included with your fireplace.
  2. Remove your fireplace’s outer cover.
  3. Put a fireplace key into the device’s gas valve knob.
  4. Hold a long lighter up to the burner and ignite it.
  5. Turn the gas key.
  6. Replace the fireplace’s outer cover immediately.

Do gas control valves go bad?

Gas Control Valve Troubleshooting Gas control valves do not fail often, but it can happen in rare instances. The thermocouple is a more likely culprit, and can be replaced without much expense. Even though the limiter can be replaced, it probably indicates a failure in the thermostat or gas control valve as well.

What do you need for a fireplace control valve?

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How do you turn the valve on a gas fireplace?

To turn the key valve ON–simply turn the key to the left (counter-clockwise) until it stops. How can I tell what type of key is appropriate? You will want to measure the hole in the plate that the key will enter and match the key up accordingly. I have a fireplace valve in my floor, 6 inches from fireplace.

Can a gas log control valve be used with a pilot light?

Gas log valves allow you to turn the gas off and on as needed while the safety pilot kits keep your pilot light burning, avoiding the hassle of continually turning it off and on with your gas logs. But please be aware that certain safety pilot kits and gas fireplace control valves are only compatible with certain gas log burners.

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