Gas Fireplace is hard to start

cmw0February 26, 2010

I have a gas fireplace and I have to flip the switch on and off a dozen times before it decides to start. It usually takes about 5 or ten minutes.

When I flip the wall switch on, I can see a small blue circle of flames that looks like something you see on top of a gas cookstove. I can see a little shock of light clicking over and over again inside the flame. Eventually the whole row of flames start across the fireplace and the clicking stops.

Does anyone have a clue what the problem is? Is this something I could fix on my own?

Thank you in advance for your help.

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