You really enjoy your gas fireplace and what it adds to your home . . . . the wonderful heat from it, the dancing flames and glowing embers and especially how easy it is to use. But suddenly, it’s making an odd, beeping noise. Is this something to be concerned about? Is this a dangerous symptom? Should I stop using it and call my dealer? What’s the remedy?
Don’t fret, don’t panic and you probably don’t have to call 911. A simple fix is at hand that most homeowners can handle themselves!
Most fireplaces today are installed with remote controls. A hand-held remote control communicates with a receiver, usually located behind the lower grill of the gas fireplace. If the batteries in the receiver are weak and cannot pick up the radio signal from the remote, the fireplace will not ignite because the gas valve will not open.
The batteries in the receivers of fireplaces, stoves and inserts, do not have particularly long lives. The batteries need to be regularly exchanged with fresh ones. As a safety and customer convenience feature, when these batteries get weaker, an audible beep will be heard. You may notice a small, red blinking light before the beep is heard. Now is the time to replace the batteries.
Replacing batteries in the receiving unit will vary a bit from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some will have a small, easy to spot door for the batteries. Others may have a spring-loaded door that pops out when depressed. Check the owner’s manual or simply call your WE LOVE FIRE expert if you need help.
A few other points are worth mentioning. Be sure to use the correct type of battery if specified by the manufacturer. The frequency code and syncing up the remote to the receiver is normally done at the time of installation. Usually it’s not necessary to make any adjustments to this code. However, some electric models may need to be re-synced each time the remote batteries are replaced. Replacing the batteries in the remote control is no different than replacing them in your other remote control devices. Also, many remotes may have a built-in timer that automatically turns the appliance off after several hours of continuous use.
Your gas fireplace is easy to turn on and off. It uses either a millivolt system or an intermittent pilot ignition system (IPI), aka electronic ignition. [Read more: CAN I USE MY GAS FIREPLACE WHEN THE POWER IS OUT?] A millivolt system utilizes a standing pilot light that is continually lit. An IPI system uses an “on demand” pilot that is only on when the fireplace is operating. The pilot light will not ignite if the batteries are too weak in an IPI fireplaces.
Most IPI systems have a “continuous on” position and an “IPI” position on the receiver. If the batteries in the receiver are replaced, check your owner’s manual as it may be important to have this switch in a specific position in order for it to function correctly.
HOW OFTEN TO REPLACE?
Your “beeping” fireplace is telling you something: It’s time to replace batteries! The receiving unit will need fresh batteries more frequently than the remote control. Change these batteries along with the batteries in your smoke alarms. Many customers have found that by replacing these batteries in the spring and fall, they can eliminate this friendly and often very annoying reminder!