Why Gas Fireplaces Need An Annual Inspection
Debris and junk and all that gunk
Debris likes to hang out in the vents, in the flue and inside the chimney. This needs to be removed, as it will restrict airflow and might smell bad. Gas fireplace debris includes:
1. Deteriorating Logs
Ceramic or faux log inserts can eventually deteriorate with use, clinging to the sides of the insert and getting trapped.
2. Dirty Glass Doors or Frame
Chipped or scratched glass can become a hazard over time. It can meddle with the heat output of your fireplace, and no one wants that. If this is the case, you will need to get it cleaned or replaced.
The inside and outside of a gas fireplace needs to be cleaned once in a while. Think about it, after all those gorgeous fires it’s bound to get a little dirty in there. It is very important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and use approved products for cleaning. Check with your technician, or a local dealer, to see if they offer cleaning services.
Remember: If you have a masonry fireplace with a gas log set insert, inspect the logs with every annual inspection.
What Happens During an Inspection?
During an inspection, the technician will first take a look at the exterior. This includes making sure glass is not chipped, cracked, or dirty, and that the framework is holding up sufficiently. While checking for dents or debris, the technician will also look at the interior gas ignition under the log structure and make sure it is lighting flawlessly. They also make sure your log set is not deteriorating in any way. Often times, the face of the unit will to be taken off, so they can inspect the valves and connections underneath your fireplace or insert. They will make sure your fireplace’s heat output is correct, and clean up any residue that has started to block any ports or vents. After a routine check, your technician should make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors, and that you are aware of any repairs your gas fireplace may need. Certified gas technicians have a wealth of information and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your fireplace or insert, don’t be afraid to ask.
Just Flow With It.
Safety is always number one when it comes to enjoying a roaring fire in your living space. By having an annual inspection, you ensure that your beautiful fireplace is running at peak efficiency for whenever you need that glowing comfort or extra heat.