I'm selling a vacant house that has gas fire logs and can't figure out its
operation. I've seen them lit a year or so ago. The control has an "off"
position, then slightly to the left is an "IGN" position, just to the left
of that is a "PILOT" position, and rotated all the way at the bottom of the
dial is the "ON" position.
I can see where the pilot is, and I even see what appears to be the little
wire igniter. But putting the knob in any position (including with the
pilot button depressed) does not appear to activate either the igniter, or
the hissing sound of any gas. At all positions I also tried to manually
light the pilot or burners with no luck.
I also intend to go back just to make sure there is not some kind of shutoff
valve in the pipe leading up from the basement.
What is the correct sequence for firing these up?
Also with the igniter I see some light gage wires, but what is the
electricity source that actually creates the electrical spark?
Advise and thanks.
I'm not sure I understand. I can turn the dial from Off to IGN, but are you
saying after doing that there is a separate igniter switch somewhere? ..or
do I try to push the dial in to activate the igniter. I'm not sure if it
can be pushed in. My recollection is that the dial (button) can only be
depressed when in the "pilot" position. If any more info, let me know.
Otherwise I'll go back over to the house and investigate again.
Do you have a red button to pushdown to create a spark? If not then it may
require a match to light the pilot. In my old logs I moved it to pilot, and
pushed it in and held a lit match to the pilot and it lit. The knob would
have to be pushed down for another minute until the pilot pipe got hot enuf
to keep the safety pilot switch on. Then you could let go and move it to
on. If you let go too soon the pilot would go out andyou had to start all
over. Usually the instruction are on a metal panel attached by chain to the
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