Gas Fireplace with random starting

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spfrancis

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So I have a "superior" gas fireplace that is probably 20 years old. I'm going to bring out a fireplace guy, but wanted to get an idea of what could be going on. Here is what is going on.

First, we never use this thing. I have now been trying to get this ready for a home sale.
I turn on the switch...and the flame doesn't come on. I see that the pilot flame is on.
I notice that if I click the starter for the pilot flame a couple of times, and then turn the switch off/on...it seems to start after 10-15 secs.

Feels like something is starting to fail, or maybe some sort of build up or something?
 

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Sounds like your pilot flame is too far from the gas nozzle. Or there are rocks deflecting the gas from getting to the pilot flame.
 

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Pilot stays lit? What type of switch is it? One similar to a wall switch? If the the pilot is lit exercise the switch. If the switch just operates just the burner and not a fan it might need to be replaced it would be very low voltage from 350 to 750 ma purchase one made for a fireplace would have a gold contact.
 

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It is a wall switch...okay, maybe I will look for a low voltage wall switch to replace...
 
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