One of the best advantages of gas fireplaces is that they burn clean. This means that, unlike wood-burning fireplaces, there is no ash or soot left behind to build up in the firebox or chimney.
But even though gas fireplaces provide a cleaner fuel source and burn clean, they still need to be cleaned and maintained. If you have a gas fireplace in your home, it’s important to know the basics of maintaining them and when to call in the professionals.
Daily and Weekly Maintenance for Gas Fireplaces
There are a few things you should do every time before you start a fire in your gas fireplace. First, you should always conduct a cursory inspection to see if any logs are out of place, if the glass front is loose, or if there is any dust or debris buildup anywhere on the fireplace.
If there is dust on the outside of your fireplace, simply wipe it off using a soft cloth. However, if the dust or debris is on the inside of the glass, it may be time to conduct your annual maintenance.
These tasks are fairly simple and can extend the lifetime of your fireplace and ensure your safety.
Annual Maintenance for Gas Fireplaces
The annual maintenance for gas fireplaces is a little more involved and requires careful attention. Before you start, ensure your fireplace’s pilot light and gas line are off, and the glass is completely cool.
Next, carefully clean the glass with a soft cloth and inspect it for any scratches or cracks. If there are any defects in the glass, do not use the fireplace again until the glass is replaced, as these defects can negatively affect the glass’s strength.
You should then clean the inside of the firebox using a paper towel, washcloth, or soft brush to loosen any dirt or debris. Then, use a vacuum to remove the loosened debris. Inspect the firebox for any signs of corrosion or damage, and call in an expert if you notice any.
Lastly, reassemble your fireplace, check the outside vent for any debris, and test your carbon monoxide detector.
As these tasks are more tedious and require more in-depth work, a professional is generally your best and most efficient option for annual maintenance.
DIY or Professional? What You Can and Can’t Do by Yourself
It’s easy enough to maintain your fireplace on a day-to-day basis, but it’s important to call in an HVAC expert once a year to conduct a thorough inspection and cleaning. An HVAC expert can access more areas of your fireplace to clean more thoroughly and get a more complete picture of your fireplace’s overall health.
Additionally, they are extensively trained in the intricacies of gas fireplaces. They will comb through every inch of your fireplace, carefully inspecting every valve, louver, and vent for any early warning signs of trouble.
Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help when it’s time for your annual inspection. Give us a call or schedule an appointment today to begin the process and receive a free estimate.