Common Fireplace Problems

As Coloradans, we know how much you and your family love your gas fireplace during these long cold winter months. Your fireplace offers a gathering place of warmth and comfort when the weather turns dreary and can often be the favorite place for your family. And it’s not all about ambiance, after all. Your fireplace can also offer a convenient heating source when you don’t want to heat an entire room.

But a fireplace that isn’t working properly can be more than just a minor annoyance. A malfunctioning fireplace can be dangerous. Carbon monoxide buildup is the biggest safety concern when you are dealing with a gas fireplace that is dirty or not operating properly. If your gas fireplace is malfunctioning, call a professional gas fireplace repair expert in the Denver area. At Gas Fireplace Doctors, we take your comfort and safety seriously.

When you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may mean you need a fireplace cleaning or repair:

  • Your pilot light is producing a yellow flame instead of a blue one. A blue flame indicates a properly burning pilot light.
  • The orifices are not producing a flame and may be clogged with dirt or residue.
  • The ceramic or faux logs are deteriorating
  • Condensation is forming
  • You are hearing booming noises or other loud noises coming from your fireplace
  • Strange smells are coming from the unit
  • Dirt and soot are building up on the glass
  • The fireplace safety screen is damaged
  • The fireplace is not properly venting. This can result in carbon monoxide build up and be dangerous. Call a professional immediately.

Like most household systems, your gas fireplace will operate more efficiently with a regular preventive maintenance check-up. Proper maintenance can head off fireplace emergencies and costly repairs. In this way, you can catch most potential issues before they become repair problems. Periodic proactive check-ups can ensure that your gas fireplace will be ready when you are. With a professional regular maintenance program, you can prolong the life of your unit.

When you call the expert gas fireplace technicians at Sage Quality Solutions, you will get professional diagnostic testing, maintenance, cleaning, and repair in order to ensure your safety and comfort. We will quickly and efficiently diagnose the issue and make the necessary repair. Our technicians will always leave your home as clean as we find it so there is never any messy clean up on your part.

In Colorado, there is nothing like a gas fireplace to add warmth, comfort, and value to your home. Our expert technicians at Sage Quality Solutions can repair and maintain your gas fireplace in order to keep the winter chill away. Call us for our unsurpassed professional service when you are experiencing problems with your gas fireplace. In the Denver area, we are the gas fireplace repair professionals you can trust.

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Lawn Sprinkler Repair

Our Service: You may call or complete our online form to request an appointment. We are available to take your call Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. If we are on another call and you leave a message, we will quickly return  your call. Our service technicians work from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and sometimes Sunday. We will book a 2-hour arrival window. After the repairs are completed, we invite you to physically observe that everything we did meets your expectations. If satisfied, the technician will create the invoice on site and then collect payment. We accept cash, check, or a payment via credit card. Click this link to see and understand our pricing.

After We Leave: You will have already verified that everything is operating as it should; however, that does not mean you can forget about your lawn, trees, and bushes. Like any mechanical system, problems can arise unexpectedly or things can be missed. As such, it is imperative that someone monitor the health of the lawn, trees, and bushes after we leave. If you observe stress in any of the aforementioned items, you should begin hand watering and then call us to schedule another appointment.

Warranty: We will warranty all parts against poor workmanship or manufacturing defect that we install up until the first freeze. We do not warranty your grass, bushes, trees or any living thing.  It is the homeowner’s responsibility to physically inspect their vegetation periodically and to identify any problems. As the summer goes on, you will likely notice that some areas of your lawn will begin to need more water. Please be sure the technician shows you how to make changes to your programmed settings. If you are not comfortable making changes, you are welcomed to call us for another service call. It is just important to remember that we do not live on the property and that we cannot know if there is a new or existing problem after we leave. This is why it is so important that the home owner study the health of their vegetation to ensure all is good. Manually testing the system periodically during the day is an excellent idea, too. This will help you identify problems before they become serious.

Sometimes leaks in a system can manifest themselves in different ways. For example, a leaky manifold right next to the home can in rare cases send water into the basement. It is the homeowners responsibility to notice problems like this in a timely manner before extensive damage occurs. This can be done by periodically inspecting the manifold box and/or basement. If we are found to be at fault, we will refund up to everything that was paid for the service.

Drip Systems: It’s pretty easy to identify a zone in your lawn not working. When manually testing your system, you can physically observe that heads are popping up and that the spray pattern is appropriate. Monitoring the drip system isn’t quite as easy. Generally, you can confirm that it is going on if you hear air being pushed out emitters and by also finding a few emitters and confirming that water is being pushed out. That being said, it would be very difficult for us or anyone to confirm that every emitter is performing correctly. Typically, there are 3-4 emitters per tree and it is above the soil and below the landscaping fabric and rocks or wood chips. As such, easily getting to and inspecting them all would be very difficult and time consuming. That being said, we are happy to do this if you want to pay for this type of service. We would charge $90/hr.

High Water Bills: Quite often we are called out after a customer receives an unusually high water bill. We are quite good at finding and fixing this type of problem. That being said, please don’t wait until your next water bill to ensure we nailed it. A typical lawn on a hot day needs 125 gallons per every 1,000 square feet. Other sources state the lawn needs around .6 gallons per square foot. A typical lawn, will use about 2,000 gallons on a watering day. So, have the technician show you your water meter, which is normally rounded to the nearest thousand. Make note of the reading in the evening and then check it again in the morning after your lawn has been watered. If you used 5,000 gallons when we were expecting only 2,000 gallons to be used, we still have a problem. In this case, we will come back and search for additional possible problems. Since we do not live on the property, in no case can we take responsibility for your water bill. Please work with the technician to enable you to quickly determine if all is well after we leave. As a side note, we typically resolve problems like this on our first attempt.

Winterization: Hundreds and perhaps thousands of customers use our service to winterize their sprinkler system each year. Our process to winterize your sprinkler system entails utilizing a gas powered air compressor to push all the water out each zone and to the bleed valve at the basement shut-off valve. We invite you to physically observe this procedure of removing all the water from your system. In rare cases, people will find freeze damage to their system in the Spring. This can occur if someone inadvertently turns on the water to your sprinkler system during the winter or if the main shut-off to your sprinkler system has a very slow leak. The latter problem can refill your system over several months assuming it is a slow leak. The best way to detect this type of problem is to periodically inspect bleed-valves on your back-flow throughout the winter. There should be no sign of water after our winterization process.

Our Appointment: In peak months (April/May/June) customers often have to wait 2-3 weeks for us to arrive. Upon arrival, we don’t know if the job will take 30 minutes or four hours. Our goal is to arrive early in the 2-hour arrival window and leave before the arrival window is closed. Unfortunately, sometimes the job takes much longer, which can then cause us to need to reschedule subsequent appointments. In general, we like to try and finish what we started. To minimize the impact on other customers we do our best to save some windows each week in the event a customer needs to be rescheduled. We know that nobody wants to be rescheduled, so we do our best to prevent this from happening.

2021 Sprinkler Service Pricing

Sprinkler System Activation/Start-up$125 up to 8 zones, additional zones $5 each + any parts and installation
Sprinkler System Tune-upservice call plus parts and labor @ $90/Hour
Sprinkler System RepairsService Call plus the repair activity shown below
Sprinkler System Winterization$90 up to eight zones, additional zones $5 each
Service Call

All repair visits include the service call charge plus the repair activity cost as shown below.
$90
Replace pop-up spray head & nozzle$30
Replace rotor sprinkler head$45
Replace Maxi-Paw impact sprinkler head$75
Raise or straighten a spray head$12
Replace Spray Nozzle$7
Replace Febco Backflow Parts$95
Replace Watts/Wilkins backflow parts$135
Replace backflow preventer$395
Replace RP double check backflow$750
Replace backflow testcock$25
Replace ball valve$195
Cooper Repair, Break in Pipe$175
Rebuild manifold assembly 4 valves or less.$750
Each additional manifold Valve$100
Replace one control valve$300
Each additional replaced control valve$100
Replace control valve parts$80
Replace control valve solenoid$75
Diagnose Electrical Issues$90/hour
Locate valve box, minimum 1 hour$90/hour
4 station control clock with installation$225
6 station control clock with installation$250
8 station control clock with installation$275
12 station control clock with installation$475
Wi-Fi module for control clock with installation and programming$175
Rain sensor for control clock with installation$175
Cap A Sprinkler Head$30
Repair plastic pipe leak$90/hour + parts
Install micro spray nozzle. $2
Repair plastic pipe leak$90/hour + parts

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