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Everything you never wanted to know about gas fireplaces

November 16, 2010

One of the delightful surprises of moving into our first home was the fact that it has a three-sided fireplace.  Admittedly, it’s a little…retro, but it has a charm that can’t be denied (especially when you realize that you can see it from virtually every where in the kitchen, front room and dining room).  We used it a ton in the first few weeks of chilly Northern California autumn, and I have grown to absolutely adore it.

But, as with all things will mechanical parts, eventually the love affair must end and expensive repairs must begin.  A week or so ago we noticed a clanging from the fireplace when we turned it on.  Wary of an ything that emits gas into the house, we decided to have a Fireplace Guy come and take a look as soon as possible.  How big of a problem could it really be, right?

No.  Not even close.  Not only is the repair that needs to take place the “worst case scenario”, but our fireplace is 15 years old and is a system that is no longer made.  Meaning replacement parts are expensive and hard to come by.   It’s really amazing how one day you have never heard the term “ignition module” (it sounds more like something that NASA builds than something that goes into a gas fireplace), and the next you are obsessed with them.

The Fireplace Guy called today and said the part should be in tomorrow and installed by Friday…stay tuned!

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