It is recommended that you have your gas fireplace inspected at least once a year. Since winter is approaching and you’ll be using your gas fireplace to keep your home warm and cozy through the colder months, the fall is the best time to get an inspection and take care of any required repairs or maintenance. Here are some tips for preparing your fireplace for winter:
Cleaning your gas fireplace.
Along with an inspection, your gas fireplace needs to be cleaned annually. Debris is likely to clog around the vents, flue and inside the chimney. This debris can be caused by deteriorating ceramic or faux log inserts and residue from burning. Check the outside of your chimney for black marks or scorching. This is an indication that your ceramic logs are dirty and will need to be cleaned. You can read the manufacturers instructions and use the appropriate products for cleaning or check with fire place stores in Edmonton for a full professional cleaning of your gas fireplace.
Gas fireplace inspections.
During an inspection of your gas fireplace, the technician will take a look at the exterior. This includes looking at the glass plate and making sure it’s not cracked, chipped or too dirty. They will also make sure the framework is holding up and there is no build up of debris.
Your interior gas ignition under the pile of faux logs will be inspected, making sure it lights well and safely and ensuring your logs are not deteriorating. A professional fireplace company will also check the valves and connections underneath your fireplace or insert and make sure your heat output is correct. Your ports and vents will also be checked and cleared of any debris or build up.
After a routine check the technician will let you know of any gas fireplace repairs you might need to continue to safely operate the appliance.
Benefits of Gas Fireplace Maintenance
The first and most obvious benefit of investing in an annual fireplace inspection, cleaning and maintenance is the enhanced safety of your fireplace and home. It will ensure everything is burning correctly and that your home is not getting any access carbon monoxide emitting from the appliance.
A properly working fireplace will also be more efficient. This will reduce your impact on the environment, the amount of energy you use and can lower your monthly gas bills.