It might seem like the ignitor system is not functioning because the fireplace will not light. There are many components that affect the functioning of a gas fireplace. If another element fails, the ignitor does not work.
If you smell gas when troubleshooting your ignitor system, wait five minutes before trying to light it again. If the gas smell does not dissipate, close the valve going to the fireplace and call for service.
A gas fireplace uses natural gas, as opposed to wood, to maintain a flame. The fire burns over a ceramic log to create the illusion of a wood fireplace. Superior is a brand name of fireplaces and part of Lennox Hearth Products. A spark is required to start the fire. This is where the electronic ignition system comes into play. With an electronic ignition system, you do not need to use a lighter to create that spark when you want to use your fireplace.
Turn the fireplace on using the remote, wall switch or thermostat. When you press the "On" button or turn up the thermostat, you should hear clicking. This signals that the ignition is attempting to light the burners.
Open the circuit breaker box and locate the circuits for the fireplace. If the breaker is off, the ignition system is not getting electricity. In some cases, the ignition runs off a battery that needs replacing.
Light the pilot light. Not all electronic ignition systems have a standing pilot light, but if your Superior fireplace does, the light could be out.
Increase the gas flow going to the fireplace. The ignitor could be functioning, but the unit is not getting fuel. Locate the valve on your fireplace and turn it clockwise.
Tighten the thermocouple near the burner. Look for a metal piece with two wires on the top. This is the thermocouple, a safety device built into the system. Wait until the fireplace is cold, then grasp the thermocouple and turn it clockwise to ensure it is stable.
Writing since 1999, Darla Ferrara is an award-winning author who specializes in health, diet, fitness and computer technology. She has been published in "Mezzo Magazine" and Diet Spotlight, as well as various online magazines. Ferrara studied biology and emergency medical technology at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College.