Gas Log Pilots do wear out.

Recently, I did a repair on a couple of LP gas log direct vent fireplaces. On the first one, in a house built in 2002, the owner had stated the pilot was getting harder to start and at time not staying lite.   They also noted the fireplace had been repaired some 5 or so years earlier.

When I asked they kept the pilot lite all year, something I recommend not doing especially with LP.  When I got the glass front removed and the logs I was able to see the pilot and it was a mess.

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One of the best reason I have found to shut off the pilot during spring/summer is LP burns a bunch hotter than Nat Gas. This causes more damage to the pilot

 

This is what a pilot for LP fired gas logs should look like.

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see the difference??

 

 

 

 

 

Now see them together.

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I usually find other issues connected with “logs not lighting service request”.  Most of the time a good cleaning and servicing fixes the problem for the $189 service call price. If there are other problems and other parts are need to include a new pilot assembly they are in addition to that price.

If you need gas logs repaired give us a call today.. 919-772-8110  Karen in the office will be glad to help.

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  • Carl’s Corner

    Carl Newton: WolfPack Fan,
    Carolina Hurricanes Fan,
    Carolina Panthers Fan

    Well a new year is upon us and during this time in late Jan the temps are running above normal. This will end I hear the middle of Feb with temps coming back to normal and COLD..

    We still get a lot of folks calling to ask for a second opinion where another local company was call and they found a LOT of stuff wrong with your 20 plus year old chimney most of the time with a quote of 4-5K or more.

    A lot of the things they "recommend" are to bring your chimney up to 2018/2019 code standards which is not necessary unless you are doing major repairs on the chimney or it is being torn down and rebuilt.

    Chimneys built in the 60 and 70's had different code requirement than a chimney built in 2018/2019.

    Carl

    PS, If you have gotten a quote for chimney repairs, ie.. you need a chimney liner -liner work, parging smoke chamber etc. or you have been told "you might burn your house down" or "this could create a problem" stuff, that seem HIGH give us a call and let see what we can do for you.

  • Woodburning and gas burning fireplaces. Are they ready for winter.

    Is your Fireplace or Gas Logs ready to go.. If not or for a service give us a call.

    In a power outage a fireplace or gas logs may be your only form of heat so make sure they are working in top form. Give us a call to set up appt 919-772-8110

    have a good week
    Carl

    PS: if you do NOT have a Carbon Monoxide detector and you have gas logs.. GET ONE.. NOW... I recommend the combo CO / Smoke battery powered detectors at Lowe's Home depot or most hardware stores..

    If yours are over 10 yrs old replace it.. (there's a date on back) If there is not a date of manf on back GET rid of it.

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