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  1. #1
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    Fan but no flame

    I have a gas log fireplace with a switch on the wall that ignites the fire from a pilot light. The problem is, if I want to use my blower, I have to plug the blower into a metal box receptacle located in the service area under the fireplace, and then unplug it to shut in off. Since this wasn't very handy, I ran a 14-2 romex wire from the receptacle box to the flame switch box and wired it as an extension of the black wire to switch the blower on and off. I used a duplex switch so that I didn't have to change out the wall box to accommodate 2 separate switches. I think this is where I screwed up. I first tried the top switch for the flame. It started up and went out as it should. I turned on the bottom switch for the blower and it also started up and shut down as it should. But when I turned them on together, there was a small flash of fire and then nothing. The blower continued to run but the fire would not start.

    Since the duplex switch shares a ground with both switches, could this have caused the problem? Also, I'm not sure what I now need to replace.

    Thanks for your help!
    bbones77

  2. #2
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    I think you want an electrician or a fireplace professional.

    Preferably before the house burns down.

  3. #3
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    I second chuck's suggestion...

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    So would you say I need to replace the gas valve? I already know what the electrical problem is.

  5. #5
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    "But when I turned them on together, there was a small flash of fire and then nothing."

    I have had that same experience.... sometimes its just some smoke and no fire at alll..... but either way it generally means a trip to the supply house.....
    For the Government to Give Something to you - THEY HAVE TO TAKE IT WAY FROM SOMEONE ELSE FIRST...

  6. #6
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    Why in the world did you go to all that trouble a pro would be able to set the fan with a thermostatic switch so it would come on when it's hot and shut off when cold. No need for plugging in and unplugging talk about an over complication

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    We are forbidden to assist with DIY repairs. Site forbids it. Sorry.

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    What a worthless forum. Please ban me so I never make the mistake of coming here again!

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    Don't get so upset. We will try to help you but we don't want you to burn your house down.
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