Wednesday, May 4, 2016

How to Repair Fireplace Back Up Switch - Part 2 of 2 - The Repair

Battery leaking acid
By Gary Boutin

Tools and Supplies:
Baking soda box 
Dust pan and brush 
Duracell® Batteries
Drywall rags or towels
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser®
Paper towels
Toothbrush (one time use)

We placed a fireplace backup switch on this fireplace because the area seemed to have power failures. The purpose of the backup switch is to provide electrical power to the gas igniter to produce a flame if there was a power failure.  

This post shows the fifteen steps on the process to repair the back up switch for the fireplace.

Upper right shows a battery that has exploded.

The picture on the left shows that gloves must be worn on the hands, eye glass to cover the eyes.
The picture on the left shows that Baking Soda will be used to neutralize the acid from the batteries. The dust pan and brush to to get as much dry acid out of the fireplace. Before the acid get wet from the base solution.
The picture on the left shows that the base solution of water and Baking Soda was applied to  the fireplace shelf.

The picture on the left shows scraping of the acid from the metal shelf.
The picture on the left shows that most of the acid was removed from the metal shelf. A toothbrush with the past base solution was used to scrape the acid loose.
The picture on the left shows the toothbrush removing the acid from the battery compartment. Several applications of the base solution was placed into the battery case to remove the acid. Later the case was dried using white paper towels.
The picture on the left displays the Baking Soda, the battery case with acid inside a trash can. The white fireplace frame can be seen in the background.
The picture on the left shows the battery case is completely wipe clean of battery acid. The battery springs, electrical wires and case  were wiped clean.
The picture on the left shows the metal shelf that once had battery acid now is cleaned and ready for use.
The picture on the left shows the battery case hanging from the fireplace ready for the next battery.
The picture on the left shows two new Duracell® Batteries placed into the back up switch.
1. Turn off the power using the panel switch to the fireplace.     2. Test the back up unit and see if power is turn on the flame igniter. 
3. If the flame starts then the job is finished. 
These two picture on the left show where the fireplace glass cover is located so the flame cover can be place correctly in the metal frame.
The picture on the left shows the fireplace certificate is not surrounded by acid and is in plain site for fireplace safety.

The picture on the left shows the damage the  acid did to the metal shelf.
The picture on the left is the fireplace turned on and useful again. To see how to clean the fireplace when battery acid touched the white frame click below.

Magic Eraser - Cleaning a White Fireplace Mantel

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