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Old 28-10-2008, 08:11 PM   #1
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Gas fire keeps goin' out....

Every time I light the gas fire, it cuts out after a couple of minutes. It's a coal-effect type gas fire.

Any ideas what's wrong? Boiler and gas hob are OK (so I don't think it's pressure or flow related).

Any tips appreciated folks
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Old 28-10-2008, 08:12 PM   #2
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Could it be a safety feature to stop it burning inefficiently and maybe creating carbon monoxide or something like that?

When was the last time you had it serviced?
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Old 28-10-2008, 08:15 PM   #3
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You've got thermocouple which keeps the gas on when the end is heated. It could be gone which is closing the valve. There onyl a few quid and they can last 2 hours or 2 decades. Worth changing
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Well i've got an inspection certificate about a month old before I moved in (renting) - this included all fixed appliances (fire inc.).

It worked fine a couple of nights ago, last night and tonight no good
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You've got thermocouple which keeps the gas on when the end is heated. It could be gone which is closing the valve. There onyl a few quid and they can last 2 hours or 2 decades. Worth changing
Yeah, I suspect that tbh bailes. I can see the little fecker now......
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Weve got a Baxi boiler in my house and the one for the boiler and the actual fire has gone twice in 2 years yet the ones that were in before lasted 9/10 years so it can vary. There only about 5-7 quid iirc so worth changing! Theres a chemical inside them that makes an small electrical charge when heated which keeps the gas flowing, if it's gone it wont make the charge and cut the gass of. It's a saftey feature to make sure the glass is cut off if the flame goes out
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Old 28-10-2008, 08:21 PM   #7
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Could it be a safety feature to stop it burning inefficiently and maybe creating carbon monoxide or something like that?

When was the last time you had it serviced?
This is most probably right. Oxy Depletion Sensor either it needs cleaning (can be faulty depending on type) or your flue / chimney could be blocked.
Doubt its the thermocouple.

Get onto your landlord / agent and don't use the fire in the mean time.
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Old 28-10-2008, 08:30 PM   #8
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I had my boilers at work serviced every year, they change the thermocouple every five years.

Last year they fitted a new thermocouple and the following morning-no heat. Boiler not lit and no pilot flame. I had a look and they had fitted the tip of the thermocouple 0.5" away from the flame
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All i can say is dont touch it. Get the landlord/agent to send in a corgi reg engineer. Your in a rented property so its not your problem!
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All i can say is dont touch it. Get the landlord/agent to send in a corgi reg engineer. Your in a rented property so its not your problem!
Spot on
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