Gas fireplaces provide a great source of heat and a cozy atmosphere during the cooler months of the year, but simply turning on the gas and lighting it up is not the extent of the responsibilities required. It is important to maintain gas fireplaces so they operate in an efficient and safe manner. Following a few tips will allow you to enjoy your fireplace and feel safe in your home.
Turn off your gas valve and clean the burner, control compartment and logs on your fireplace at least once per year, according to Fireplaces-Fireplaces.com.
Use a vacuum to clean out any debris on the burner and control compartment and use a soft paint brush to gently brush off any cobwebs or debris on the logs. Some gas logs are fragile and, to them to avoid damage, you should not apply much pressure.
Use clean water to dampen a cloth and wipe down the appliance door. If there is glass in the door, use a standard window cleaner just as you would on your windows. Do not use abrasive cleaners or chemicals on brass- or gold-plated trim on your fireplace. Simply use a damp cloth to wipe soil from the areas to avoid damages.
Before using your fireplace for the first time each season, check the ventilation system for blockages. Use a flashlight to fully inspect the system for possible birds nests or other items.
Also look for corrosion or rusting within the ventilation system and replace any damaged areas before using your fireplace, according to Fireplaces-Fireplaces.com. If there are any concerns about the ventilation that can’t be handled by a self-check, call a professional to fix the problem. A blocked ventilation system can create a dangerous situation in the fireplace and the unit should not be used until it is remedied.
Check For Damaged Logs
Gas logs sometimes can become damaged. Do not use the fireplace if you have broken logs. Immediately turn the gas valve off and let it cool if you have been using it. Turn off the pilot light and check with the manufacturer to ensure that you buy the proper type of replacement logs.
Make sure old or new logs are connected and secure. If the logs are loose and not attached according to the manufacturer’s instructions, it could cause carbon buildup that will damage your fireplace.
Occasionally, have a professional from the utility company do a thorough checkup of your gas log system, according to FireplacesAndWoodStoves.com. Professionals will go through your system thoroughly and will find any possible problems. Their maintenance routine should include checking the fan, cleaning the pilot and burners, checking the pilot safety system, testing the thermostat, checking for proper ignition, checking ventilation, cleaning glass, inspecting any door gaskets and cleaning equipment.