One of the most alarming sounds you can hear is a rapid beeping coming from your fireplace. This is exactly what happened to me last night and I was left wondering why are my gas logs beeping?
The first thing to check, when your gas logs or your fireplace is beeping, is always the batteries. The location of the batteries can vary widely from model to model, but a good place to start is in your remote; if you have one. However, if you do not have a remote, keep in mind that there can often be similar receivers in trays underneath or on the side of the fireplace.
#1. Your Remote Batteries are Low Causing Your Gas Logs to Beep
This is the number 1 leading cause of alarming beeping sounds coming from the fireplace. Often times, there are many sensors and receivers on modern fireplaces, gas logs, and furnaces. This means that there are many different locations that could possibly be the cause of the beeping. If your appliance does not have a remote, I highly recommend getting one. The convenience of being able to sit on your couch and turn on your fire place or gas logs is well worth the small price.
This is always the place to start when you hear beeping sounds coming from your fireplace or any of it’s accessories. I have seen people end up spending hundreds of dollars on a technician visit to their home, just to be told that their remote batteries are low. Also, keep in mind that the batteries could be low on either the emitter (your remote) or the receiver (your fireplace or gas logs) side. Be sure to check both sides batteries before moving further.
#2. Your Vent Re-Stricter is Not Set Correctly
Another possible reason that you are hearing the beeping sound is a component called your vent re-stricter. The vent re-stricter limits the amount of gas that can leave the combustion chamber. The more gas that you prevent from leaving the combustion chamber, the more heat that you prevent from exiting the combustion chamber and the more heat that will come out of the unit overall.
The vent re-stricter can be a valve, a restricting plate or something similar. It works the opposite way that I would expect. The more “open” that this valve is set to, the less heat that you will get and the more you “close” or restrict the valve the more heat that you will get out of the unit.
However, if you restrict the valve too much, you can risk the unit overheating, and delayed ignition. Delayed ignition can be a factor that is contributing to the beeping sound that you are hearing. Many models of fireplaces and gas logs have sensors and alert systems that will sound if you are having ignition issues or having problems keeping the flame lit.
This is less likely than a low battery somewhere in the system but it is certainly a possibility. Depending on the model of your unit, it is usually recommended that you have a service technician look at issues related to the vent re-stricter as there is always a degree of danger present when working with gas.
I recommend that you do check your user manual first though! Often times, the re-stricter is a simple valve that you can turn a little more “Open” or “Closed” and the exact setting required for your setup is listed inside a nice chart in the manual.
#3. The Battery for your Electric Igniter is Low
If you suspect that the battery for your electric igniter is low, it is a little bit more urgent than if it was just a remote battery. The reason for this is, that your electric igniter is used by not only the remote and adjusting the flame but it is also used by the wall switch to light and control the flame. It is very likely that you would also be experiencing issues lighting your flame along with the beeping noise if this is your problem.
#4. Your Receiver and Remote Can’t Find Each Other
I have seen this happen on multiple occasions, I often set my remote down in the wrong room and after a while, the receiver on my gas log or on my fireplace will start to beep when it can no longer recognize the signal coming from the remote.
This is often mistaken for the batteries being low and it can be confusing when you change the batteries and still hear the beeping sound. The best way to prevent this from happening, is to make sure that you are in the same room and within a reasonable distance from your fireplace when you change the batteries
What to do if your Batteries are Low
After you have established that your batteries are what is causing the beeping noise it is important to make sure that everything is turned off. If there are any electrical plugs, make sure that they are all unplugged and all gas is shut off. Always remember to keep safety in mind when dealing with your gas logs and your fireplace.
Hopefully, you have your user manual still and you can consult it to find the exact locations of the batteries and what you will need to replace them. If you are like me and you know you have the manual somewhere, but you have no idea where it is, check out ManualsLib. It is a free and easy way to search for user manuals for all kinds of items like fireplaces, gas logs, fire pits, and anything else that comes with a manual really.
How do I change my batteries
After consulting your user manual and finding the appropriate location for your batteries, make sure that you have the proper tools you will need to remove and replace the batteries. This is usually no more than a small screwdriver but can sometimes be something like a wrench or an Allen-wrench
Check out this video for more tips on changing your fireplace remote batteries.
When to Call in a Pro
While gas logs beeping is generally a very minor problem, it is always best to be cautious, especially if you are dealing with gas appliances or fixtures. If you ever smell gas, see strange sparks, or see or hear things that are alarming, it may be to be time to call an expert to take a look.
If you think that your gas logs or fireplace beeping is not the batteries, or any kind of audible indicator for a minor issue, and is a more serious problem – you can expect a bill of anywhere between $200 – $4000. In my experience, it is usually in the $1200 average range.
I recently had to have some work done around the crown on a fireplace and it actually came in on the low end at right under $1000. Any time I can get a repair like that for less than a thousand bucks I am pretty happy with it.