Top Tips for Fall Gas Fireplace Maintenance
Football is back, and that means fall is around the corner. And besides leaves turning, fall brings cooler temperatures, meaning many people will start using their fireplaces to remove the chill. This post delves into the top gas fireplace maintenance tips to prepare your system for fall and the long winter.
Read the Manual
We’re all guilty of not reading instruction manuals. However, manufacturers include these with major appliances because they include vital safety and operation information. Different gas fireplaces have different requirements regarding maintenance, so before using the fireplace, it’s a good idea to give the manual a quick read to familiarize or re-educate yourself about what you should and shouldn’t do.
Check the Gas Lines
Look for signs of gas line wear and tear, loose connections, or damage because it could put your family at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or a fire. If you notice anything odd or concerning, call a fireplace professional immediately. Gas line repair isn’t something you should trust to do yourself; it’s always safer to hire a pro.
Inspect the Glass and Seals
Check the glass door for cracks and the gaskets for leaks. Broken glass or leaky gaskets must be replaced immediately to prevent toxic gasses from entering the home.
Test the Safety Features
Modern gas fireplaces have safety features, like a thermocouple or thermopile. These devices shut off the gas supply if the flame goes out to prevent leaks. It’s crucial to test these features before using your fireplace.
Clean the Logs and Firebox
During summer, dust, and debris can accumulate on the logs and firebox, reducing your fireplace’s efficiency. Use a soft brush to gently remove dirt, not a vacuum cleaner because it can damage the logs.
Check the Ventilation
A blocked vent is the number one cause of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning with gas fireplaces, so checking the ventilation system for obstructions is essential.
Perform a Smell Test
Turn the fireplace on and check for any unusual odors that could indicate a gas leak or that the fireplace isn’t venting properly. If you smell sulfur or rotten eggs odor, shut the fireplace off and call a professional immediately.
Schedule Professional Maintenance
Experts agree that you should schedule maintenance by a certified professional at least once a year before using your fireplace for the season. Professionals will perform a thorough system inspection and can detect issues you might not be aware of — issues that could negatively impact performance and safety.
Test the Smoke and CO Detectors
If you use a gas fireplace, you should have carbon monoxide and smoke detectors installed. These simple devices can save lives, so you must test them periodically to ensure they work. Manufacturers recommend replacing your smoke alarms every ten years from the manufacturing date and replacing CO detectors every 5–7 years, according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.
Call the Experts at Northeastern Chimney
Northeastern Chimney is the best choice for chimney, fireplace, and stove needs in Central CT. We’re a fully licensed and certified company that’s served homeowners since 1984. Contact us today to schedule your fall gas fireplace inspection and maintenance at 860–233–5770.