Gas Fireplace Problems
We bought a 10 year old home back in 2002. We have a gas fire place in our den on the outer wall. It does not have a chimmney- it has a vent straight behind outside it that looks like a cyllinder behind it with vent looking things. It has a glass panel on the front so you just "see" the fire. Here are my problems:
1. The lower vent below the glass panel is pushing in tons of cold air through during the winter and in the summer when the A/C goes on tons of warm outside air gets suck in through this vent. Our couch is next to it and we freeze in the winter. Is this normal?
2. We havent ever been able to light it ever because all we see are small blue flames when we turn it on. What is that?
3. Durning the summer when it rains a horrible moldy or mildew smell seems to come from the lower vent.
We are planning on calling a professional but I was hoping someone could help me with some of these issues just so I know I am not getting "scammed" by the tech.
If the whole unit needs to be replaced what should I look to replace. I am afraid I am stuck with the draft due to that back vent and the fact that we dont have a chimmney.
Thanks for your help.