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Getting Acquainted with your Gas Fireplace or Insert
The following are normal things to expect with the use of your gas fireplace or insert:
- You will experience a strong odor while burning your appliance for the first few hours. This is the normal “curing” of the appliance components. You can expedite this “curing” time by burning the appliance for about 10 hours straight on a day when you can open the windows
- The glass may “fog” when you first turn on the appliance. This is normal, especially when humidity may be present on the interior of the appliance. It will dissipate as the appliance warms.
- A white or hazy film will accumulate on the interior of the glass over time. This is a film that will not dissipate as the appliance warms. This is a bi-product of natural gas combustion. It should be cleaned as soon as you notice it. Consult your owner’s manual for how to remove the glass. Do not use an ammonia based window cleaning product. The only product that will clean this film is a ceramic glass cleaner, which may be purchased at Lehrer Fireplace & Patio. If you use any ammonia-based window cleaner, the film will reappear almost immediately.
- Although rare, a pilot light can still blow out on a gas appliance. Consult your owner’s manual for how to re-light the pilot. We recommend that you leave your pilot burning at all times. The more you turn it off and re-light it, the sooner it will need replacing. Also, if you leave it off for prolonged periods, it is possible for small insects to inhabit the pilot feed tube. This will block the gas flow, and the pilot may not re-light; or you may get reduced flame. Occasionally, the pilot tube can fill with air when the pilot is not lit. You may need to “bleed” the air from the gas line. This requires holding the knob on the gas valve in longer than usual before the gas starts to flow. You should remove the glass on your appliance so that you can smell the gas once it starts to come through the pilot. Once you begin to smell gas, light the pilot immediately.
- You should not add anything to the interior of your fireplace or insert that is not provided by the manufacturer. The logs and embers must be arranged exactly as specified in your owner’s manual. Any deviation may result in delayed ignition, pilot light going out, inadequate flame height, and/or excessive soot.
- If your fireplace or insert has a blower, it may be heat activated. This means that it will only run when the appliance reaches a certain temperature. It may take several minutes for the blower to come on after you first turn on your fireplace or insert. Likewise, the blower will continue to blow for a period of time after you turn off the fireplace or insert. Once the appliance cools down, the blower will turn itself off.
- If you purchased a remote control with your appliance, keep the owners manual with your fireplace or insert paperwork. In many cases, the manufacturer of the remote prefers that you call them with problems before you call the dealer. They can usually “walk you through” handling of the problem. Keep in mind that most remote controls require batteries in both the hand-held part and the receiver, which is usually located in the control panel at the bottom of your appliance.