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I have an osburn gas fire place, I have the gas valve so its

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I have an osburn gas fire place, I have the gas valve so its parallel the gas line, I push in the pilot button and hit the ignitor, I see the spark but no flame what might I be doing wrong?
JA: Just to clarify, what type of fireplace is this?
Customer: osburn
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: if it involves replacing anything connected to the gas line, no I am hoping I have just missed a step as I did last year and the HVAC guy looked at me as though I had rocks in my head.
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: is there a step I might have missed?

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Is the gas cock (manual shut off) open? If it is then the pilot could be clogged or the gas control valve could be faulty.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
the gas cock is parallel to the gas line which I believe means its open.
if things are clogged I am out of luck as its a sealed glass enclosure.

Are you holding down the button on the gas control valve? You have to hold it down.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I think that was what I did not do last year when I got laughed at, is there a length of time it needs to be held down for, so the gas can get to the pilot head? I was there for at least 5 minutes with the pilot knob pushed all the way in before striking the sparker and nothing. I did see the spark from the sparker so that although intermittent, does work.

Then it looks like you'll need to call in a pro since the other possiblity (bad gas control valve) would mean replacing it which involves messing with the gas line.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
OK Thanks

You're welcome

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