Resource Page

I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all of your gas fireplace repair needs.  I’ll add to it as I learn more, but you’ll notice that in the future I will reference this page quite often. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!

Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.  Please understand that I have experience with all of these products, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful.  Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you.

Pilot Assemblies

 


SIT Pilot Assembly


PSE Pilot Assembly


Thermocouple Pilot Assembly

Gas Valves

 


SIT 820 Valves


Robert Shaw/Dexen Valves


Safety Pilot/ Manual Valves

Thermopiles

 


750MV Thermopile


Other Fireplace Parts

  • Gas Fireplace Parts – www.fire-parts.com.  These guys are awesome.  They have an extensive library of Parts manuals and all the parts you would need to fix your fireplace.  Not to mention a great support staff!

Valve Troubleshooting PDF Guides:

Tools

      • Gas Fireplace Glass Cleaner – it takes off those white deposits (this is actually a calcium deposit), it leaves a protective coating to prevent future buildup, and it does not contain ammonia (like windex) which can actually harm the inside coating on the glass.
      • Gardner Bender Digital Multimeter – An inexpensive but reliable device to test voltage.  This is probably the most useful tool in gas fireplace repair.
      • Glowing Embers – this simulates glowing embers and will actually add more glow to make it look more realistic.
      • All-in-One Screwdriver – My favorite screwdriver.
      • Compact Vacuum with Brush Attachment -a nice and compact all purpose vacuum to clean off the logs.  You can use your own household vacuum but I like to have a vacuum like this for those “extra dirty” jobs.
      • Gas Leak Detector – Think you smell gas?  Find out for sure with this electronic gas leak detector.  Will detect small traces of natural gas, propane, or methane

Cool Fireplace Related Stuff

  • Ethanol Burning Fireplace – Installation in under 5 minutes.  It does not require venting and burns 100% bio ethanol.
  • Optimyst Electric Fireplace – Uses water vapor and halogen lights to simulate a flame.  Click the link to see the video as description does not do it justice!

  • Mike Van Ness / Jersey Shore Gas Service

    I would like to leave my business name and contact info on the web site. How would i go about setting that up? Thank you

    • admin

      All the businesses listed are NFI certified technicians, which is updated twice a year. If you are or become NFI certified, you will be added to the list.

  • Rod Woolley

    I am trying to find out why a gas fire place would need a thermocouple as well as a thermopile since they both appear to do the same thing? Are you able to cover this on your web site please? Rod W, Ottawa

    • mygasfireplacerepair

      Hi Rod,

      Inside the control valve are two electro-magnets; one controls the gas to the pilot light, the other to the main burner. The one that keeps gas flowing to the pilot is not very large and only requires around 10-30millivolts of power to stay open. The thermocouple is perfect for this because it produces around 30 millivolts of electricity but more importantly it also cools down a lot faster than the thermopile. So that if the pilot light blows out, gas will be shut off to the pilot light almost immediately.

      The thermopile is basically like a large group of thermocouples. The main burner is a larger electro-magnet so it needs more power to open up so the thermopile (otherwise known as millivolt generator) provides enough power so that the electromagnet can open up.

      I hope this helps.

  • mygasfireplacerepair

    If you can, you should replace it.
    Most of the time this is designed to make sure exhaust gasses do not vent back into your living space. They use heat to sense this. If you bypass it, you take the chance of the fireplace venting into your dwelling without knowing it.

  • mygasfireplacerepair

    Yes, this is a risk. Chances are, you will not have any problems. If you bypass the snap disc i would purchase a carbon monoxide detector.

  • Kelly Kester

    Hi. My gas fireplace won’t stay lit. I’ve had the installer out twice. Now he tells me that I don’t have enough pressure in my gas lines. Also, because the fireplace is at the end of my gas flow, the pressure isn’t sufficient to keep the pilot flame lit. I’ve never heard of this before and wonder if he’s blowing me off because he can’t figure out the problem. Have you ever heard of “insufficient gas pressure” as a cause for a fireplace/pilot to not stay lit? Thank you.

    • mygasfireplacerepair

      Gas pressure can be an issue. Each fireplace will have a normal acceptable range for gas pressure. The tech should be able to check this with a monometer (gas pressure testing device) to determine if it’s within this range. Many times you can have your local gas service provider increase your gas pressure at your meter. You could ask what kind of guarantee there is if increasing the gas pressure does not work.