Gas Fireplace Auckland

There are several gasfitting factors to consider when you install a gas fireplace. It is very important that a certified gasfitter completes the project for you, as this will ensure you retain the warranty. Sumich have professional and certified gas fitter contact them for gar fireplace installation or maintenance.

Gas Fireplace Installation

It is very important that your gas fire is installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications, local gas fitting regulations, New Zealand building codes, electrical wiring codes, and all other statutory requirements. 

Here are some things you need to consider before installing a gas fire:

  • Cavity dimensions and clearance
  • The appliance must be installed 100 mm minimum if the floor or the nearest horizontal   surface
  • Coupling the flue to the fire
  • Coupling of gas lines to the fire
  • Fixing the fire to the cavity
  • An electrical mains socket at the rear left corner of the cavity, to accommodate the power transformer
  • Isolation switch for the electrical transformer
  • Gas pipe placement to the front left of the cavity 
  • The electronic control system is designed to work within a set temperature and humidity range

There is a recommended process when it comes to installing a gas fire and the trades required at each step. The sequence in which you choose to do the tasks will vary depending on your individual situation. 

Step 1

Builder: A builder will construct a frame for the gas fire if needed.

Step 2

  • An electrician will install an electrical connection.
  • A gasfitter will install the gas pipe and the gas.

Step 3

  • The gasfitter will install the flue and flue restrictor if required. 
  • Test and verify the flame pattern is acceptable 
  • Cover-up fire using packaging 

Step 4

  • A builder will Gib and line the chimney breast. 
  • A gasfitter will commission the Gas Fire

There is an installation checklist to be completed after each installation to ensure each part of the process was completed successfully and that you, the consumer, has been shown how to use the appliance.

  • The fuel bed media installed as per manufacturer’s specifications 
  • Operating pressure checked with fire running on full and all other gas appliances in the  house switched on
  • Flue restrictor fitted, if required
  • After the plasterboard installation, the fire should be run on high for 60 minutes with   house doors and windows open to clear the smell of paint and oils initial burn
  • Fire and flue clearances comply with the manufacturer’s specifications
  • Fire securely fixed to the wall
  • Leak test all joints and pressure test points. Soapy water and drop test done on   pipe work
  • The house holder/occupant has been shown how to operate the fire safely
  • The user manual has been left for the occupant, the installer has filled in their own   details and fire serial number into the warranty card/paperwork
  • Inform the occupant that the fire may continue to smell for a while after installation  depending on the frequency and duration of use 

Gas Fireplace Maintenance

It is recommended that a certified tradesman services your gas fire annually to ensure the parts are working correctly and there are no faults that may put you or your family in danger. The annual service check should include some of the following:

  • Check the thermocouple
  • Check the glass and glass assembly gasket
  • Clean the pilot and main burner jets
  • Inspect the flue system
  • General clean and inspection


Contact your gasfitter if you have any issues and they will be able to troubleshoot and repair any issues that arise. There are some issues listed below that can arise.

No response from the valve. This issue is related to problems with your remote or the power supply, a gasfitter/electrician should be able to investigate the cause and remedy the issue. 

Spark is not present in the ignition sequence. This indicates an issue caused by the ignition source, and can be repaired by replacing the faulty part in the ignition.

Beeping from the unit. This will vary between units, and can indicate a wiring problem. A gasfitter will remedy the problem by consulting the manual. 

No pilot flame (sparking but no gas). This problem is caused by air in the gas pipes, thermocouple wires being transposed, or a blocked pilot injector. This can be remedied by addressing the problem directly. 

Ignition is continually sparking while the burner is lit. This is caused by a damaged receiver, Replacing the receiver will fix this problem.

The pilot is burning correctly, but the control valve closes after 10 seconds or when the unit gets too hot. This could mean the thermocouple is not functioning correctly or the batteries are close to being empty. Replacing the batteries could be an easy job for you to do, but adjusting or repairing the thermocouple should only be done by a certified tradesman. 

Beeping from the unit but no response from the control valve and no spark is present. The batteries are close to empty, this is an easy fix. You can simply replace the batteries as specified in the user manual. 

The pilot is lit but there is no gas flow to the main burner. This may require consulting with a certified tradesman, as they may need to replace the control valve. 

If at any time, you have any questions about your gas fire installation, give us a call on 0508786424. We are always happy to take you through the process step-by-step and address any concerns you may have with regard to the unit or process. If you think there is an issue with your gas fire, but you can’t pinpoint exactly what the issue is, you can always give us a call. We can send one of our gas fitters out to check your appliance and do any repairs if required. While they are there, they can do the service check at the same time.

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