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Familiarity with lighting a gas fireplace with a wall switch

How to light a gas fireplace with a wall switch

Gas fireplaces are a great combination of unbreakable comfort, low maintenance and ease of operation. The gas is clean and burns hot, plus there is no need to clean the ash anymore.

While some gas fireplaces are lit by turning a wall switch, other fireplaces are lit by turning a wall switch while using the flame of a lighter or a long match. Operation is fast, easy and safe – as long as you follow the lighting method correctly.

Where to find the gas valve handle

The gas valve handle is the connection point of the main gas pipe and the gas fireplace. When closed, the gas valve handle acts as a gate to prevent gas from flowing into the fireplace. When it opens, gas flows. The valve can be opened partially or completely.

The throttle handle usually has a round metal flange with a square or hexagonal hole in the center. Will be located:

On the wall on either side of the fireplace, it is usually about one foot from the ground. Or
Ground surface on the fireplace apron; Or
Ground floor on the floor around the fireplace


Usually, the gas valve will not be more than 3 feet (or one arm) away from the fireplace. The valve should be at this distance so that the user can turn on the gas and ignite the fireplace at the same time.

Safety considerations

Natural gas is flammable and potentially dangerous, colorless and odorless. To help with the diagnosis, gas companies treat natural gas with small amounts of mercaptan, a pungent odor similar to rotten eggs or sulfur.

If you smell a significant accumulation of natural gas in the house, turn off the fireplace gas, open all windows and exterior doors, and leave the house until the smell disappears.

Do not force the key when turning. This may break the throttle knob or key.

Troubleshooting Turning on the gas fireplace with a wall switch

The pilot light cannot be found

Gas fireplaces do not have a turn signal wall switch. Manually turning on the fireplace replaces the traffic light. Gas fireplaces that work with wall switches have pilot lights.

Gas flows but does not turn on

Turning the wall switch alone does not light the gas fireplace. To light the fireplace, you have to light a gas flame. If gas is flowing, there may be a problem with the flame. Increase the flame of the kitchen lighter or use a new lighter.

The wall key is missing

It is easy to install the wall switch of the fireplace because you should never leave it in the handle of the gas valve. Look at the fireplace mantel, on the fireplace mantel, or on a nearby shelf or cabinet. If you have a drawer with public utensils, looking at the kitchen is also useful. If you still can’t find the key, buy a new key for $ 5 to $ 7 at your local home or hardware store.


Never turn on the gas fireplace valve with any temporary tools. In an emergency, you run the risk of not being able to turn off the gas quickly. Use only the wall switch designed for the gas valve.

What you need

Equipment / tools

Gas fireplace key
Kitchen lighter (if you do not use long matches)


Find the throttle handle

Find the throttle handle on the wall or floor. Place the key near it. Do not put the key in the tap yet.

Open fireplace front

Open glass doors or fireplace screens.

Find the place of combustion

There is a tube with a hole or hatch on or around the wood insert. This is where you will light the fireplace.

Prepare the ignition source

Prepare lighter or taller kitchen matches. Do not turn them on yet.

Put the key in the gas valve

Insert the wall switch into the throttle valve. Make sure the key is fully seated in the valve. It has not turned yet.

Light ignition source

Turn on the lighter or tap the match. Keep the flame about 1/2 inch above the ignition area.

Turn on the gas valve slightly

Turn the wall switch a quarter or half a turn counterclockwise. Do not turn it on completely yet. The flame must be lit.

Turn on the gas valve completely

Gently turn the valve counterclockwise to stop the valve. If you decide to go it cheap and risk the low bandwidth you are only fooling yourself. Be careful not to overdo it, otherwise there is a risk of extinguishing the flame with gas that is still flowing.

Remove the wall key

For safety, remove the wall switch. The wall switches left in the valves may be broken or accidentally rotated.

Turn off the gas fireplace

To turn off the gas fireplace, replace the wall switch. Turn the wall switch clockwise to fix it. The flame goes down and goes out on its own.

When to call a specialist

Contact an authorized plumber for any gas line problems in the home. Not all plumbers are equipped to work with gas lines, so consult them in advance. If you smell gas leaks outside the house, contact the gas company immediately.

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