Depending on where you live in the country, chances are that you’ve been enjoying a relatively balmy fall. As we head into winter however, you’ll want to make certain that all your heating sources are in good working order. If you need gas fireplace service, this is the time to get it – not when blizzards are howling outside. A bit of well-timed maintenance can save you are great deal on gas fireplace repairs – and can even save your life.
Before you do anything else, make certain your carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order. Every home that has a gas fireplace should have these. Once you have your warning system up and running, check your burner pipes and vents. These can be a reason to call a gas fireplace repair company, but if you stay on top of it, you can do it yourself. Your manual will have instructions on how to clean these when crud builds up over the summer. Many fireplace owners simply take a vacuum or a duster to it. Make sure it gets done, however: dust cannot only decrease efficiency; it can cause a real safety hazard.
Next, check the outdoor vents for blockage. Cobwebs, grass and shrubs and other detritus can accumulate over the summer. Get rid of this stuff as necessary.
Cleanliness is a Key Component
Before you fire it up, make sure your gas fireplace is clean. Wipe down the glass using a soft cleaning cloth and the right cleaner (don’t use an ammonia-based cleaner – this is a special type of glass that needs a specific treatment). Next, start in on the gas log set. A damp cloth will quickly remove any soot that has built up over the previous season. If you feel this needs to be replaced – or you notice cracks that may call for firebox repair – call on a professional, or contact us here at Home & Hearth Outfitters for advice on upgrades and repairs to your gas fireplace.