People install a gas fireplace in their homes in order to enjoy a fire in their home without having to deal with some of the drawbacks of a traditional fireplace like chopping wood. However, it doesn’t mean that there won’t be any problems.

The most common problem occurs with gas appliance owners is the pilot light going out. If the pilot light does go out, the first thing to check is to see if the gas valve is open. After making sure that it’s open you just have to turn the gas supply to the on position and light the pilot according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Sometimes the problem with the pilot light is that the gas tank is empty or for some reason it has been cut off. Utility companies have been known to temporarily cut off when they’re performing maintenance. Always check to see if this might be the case.

But in other cases you might have to contact a chimney professional when your pilot light goes out. A strong draft that enters through the tubing can blow out the pilot light. Sometimes there is a problem with the vent cap such as it has to be replaced or repaired. Or when you light a pilot light and it goes out abruptly once again, this could be a sign that it’s time to change the thermopile or it is defective. In those cases it’s better to be safe and call in a chimney professional. Professional Chimney Cleaners of Houston, Texas has more than 15 years of experience cleaning and repairing chimneys, traditional and gas fireplaces as well as air ducts.