Gas fireplaces are increasingly popular; with a variety of styles, ease of use, and more realistic flames than ever before, many homeowners are converting their existing wood burning fireplaces to gas. While gas fireplaces require significantly less maintenance than their gas counterparts, they still require regular service in order to burn safely and efficiently.
Gas fireplaces should be serviced, swept, and inspected at least once per year. Annual fireplace service ensures that the gas lines are in place and not leaking, that all knobs and buttons are working correctly, and that the fireplace is venting efficiently. Chimney inspections can be done to identify any areas of damage or deterioration in the fireplace or chimney; this includes inspecting gas lines to make sure all connections are tight and secure. Likewise, a chimney sweeping can be performed to remove any buildup in the flue, including the acidic condensation that occurs as a result of burning gas.
Does my gas fireplace need its chimney swept?
Wood burning fireplaces and gas fireplaces produce different byproducts of combustion; while wood burning fireplaces produce ashes and soot, gas fireplaces create an acidic buildup. Because of this, the chimney still needs to be swept at least once per year. This is especially true for homes that have had a gas insert installed in place of an existing wood burning fireplace; a liner designed for wood oftentimes cannot handle the acidic condensation created by a gas burning fireplace.
How can I maintain my fireplace at home?
In addition to regular service appointments, there are a number of ways that homeowners can help maintain their fireplaces at home.
– Clean exterior metal and glass. Wait until the fireplace is cool to the touch; glass or household cleaners can be used to remove smudges and smears on exterior metal or glass.
– Remove dust and debris. Interior gas lines and logs should be cleaned one to two times per year. Using a clean, soft bristled paintbrush or a clean rag, gently remove any dust or debris on the interior of the fireplace. Logs and gas lines should not be shifted; moving them as little as a few millimeters can cause leaks and performance problems.
Do I need to call a chimney sweep?
The primary reason to call a chimney sweep for a gas fireplace is when it is experiencing performance issues. Fires burning with low temperatures or low flames, buttons or knobs that are unresponsive, or changes in flame colors are all indications that its time to call a chimney sweep. Coopertown Services has a staff that is trained in servicing and repairing gas fireplaces; whether it is regular maintenance or troubleshooting a performance problem, our sweeps can help keep your gas fireplace burning safely and efficiently.
At Coopertown Services, our chimney sweeps can service and maintain both wood and gas fireplaces. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to have your gas fireplace serviced.