Gas fireplaces are a popular choice for supplemental home heating. They are easy to use and provide a cozy atmosphere. There are a variety of gas fireplace designs to choose from, so you can find the perfect one for your home. However, even these beautiful home additions can experience the occasional problem.
One of the most common issues homeowners run into with gas fireplaces is an unusual noise. So, what could be causing this noise and what can you do about it? Today, we’ll explore some common causes of a gas fireplace making noise and how to fix them.
The pilot light is set too low.
There are a few reasons why your gas fireplace may be making noise, and one of the most common reasons is that the pilot is set too low. When the pilot is set too low, it can cause the gas fireplace to make a hissing noise as the gas isn’t being burned off properly.
You’ll need to find the gas fireplace’s pilot light to fix this issue. The pilot light may be located in a hard-to-see spot, so use a flashlight if needed. The pilot light should be the height of a butane lighter. If the pilot light’s height is off, shut off the gas source and twist the screw next to the pilot light to lift or lower the flame height. Most gas fireplaces have a recommended pilot light height listed on them that you should follow. Finally, turn the gas back on to ensure the pilot light is at the correct height and the hissing noise has subsided.
The gas fireplace fuel line is loose or damaged.
Many people hear whistling noises from their gas fireplace and wonder what’s causing it. In most cases, the whistling noise results from copper or aluminum tubing that isn’t smooth on the inside. This can cause a restriction in the flow of gas, which in turn creates the whistling noise.
If you are experiencing this problem with your gas fireplace, the first thing you should do is turn off the gas. This can be done at the gas valve, typically located near the fireplace. Once the gas has been turned off, you can investigate the problem.
Now you’ll need to find the fuel line to check it. The fuel line is the metal tubing that runs from the gas valve to the pilot light. Make sure the fittings of the fuel line are attached securely. If the fittings on the fuel line are not attached securely, that could be the source of your problems. If the fittings are on securely, the problem may be in the tubing itself. If the tubing is the problem, you will need to contact a qualified technician to fix it. Without a professional, you could potentially cause a gas leak replacing the tubing, leading to a house fire or explosion if the leak is severe.
The fireplace burner is dirty or clogged.
Another common reason gas fireplaces might make noise is a dirty or clogged burner. If the burner is not clean, it can cause the gas to flow improperly and create a loud noise.
To clean a gas fireplace burner, start by removing the burner from the fireplace. Next, use a wire brush to clean off any debris. Then, use a vacuum cleaner to remove any remaining dirt or dust. Finally, reattach the burner and test the fireplace to see if the noise has been eliminated.
You have a low-quality gas fireplace.
Finally, another common cause of noisy gas fireplaces is low build quality. Certain gas fireplaces make noise because they have lower build quality. Their components and the way they are constructed are not the best quality, so wear and tear occurs faster than with more costly, high-quality gas fireplaces.
This can cause rattling, whistling, and other noises that can be quite annoying. If you are experiencing these problems with your gas fireplace, it might be worth considering upgrading to a higher-quality model. You’ll likely notice a difference in terms of both noise and heat output, and you’ll be able to enjoy your fireplace for years to come.
Maintain your gas fireplace for years of service.
These are the most common causes of a noisy fireplace. If you’re experiencing these issues and you cannot fix them yourself, always hire a qualified professional to handle the job.