If you recently installed a new fireplace near Chantilly , it’s important to keep up with maintenance so that it looks and performs well for years to come. At Home Living Fireplaces, we have more than 45 years of experience in fireplace installation, maintenance, and service. In this article we will take a look at some of the most important maintenance tips to follow. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an annual inspection, please give us a call for more information.
Some gas fireplaces experience debris buildup. Ceramic logs, in particular, have been known to slowly deteriorate, which clogs vents. If the outside chimney is cracked or the mortar joints are falling apart, moisture can enter the chimney, which causes the flue tiles to break and fall into the hearth. To reduce the chances of this happening, have the fireplace thoroughly cleaned once per year—inside and out.
Over time, the equipment in a gas fireplace might start to show signs of deterioration. This is why it is important to have the valves and connections inspected regularly for leaks. The thermopile, thermocouple, and logs should be checked to be sure they are in correct placement and in working condition. If you ever turn the switch of your gas fireplace on, and notice that the pilot light is on but that the fireplace doesn’t ignite, turn it off right away. This indicates a malfunction that should be handled by a fireplace service professional.
Gas fireplaces burn clean, so they never create any creosote or soot buildup in the chimney. But the ventilation still needs to be inspected annually, because moisture problems can cause a serious safety hazard due to improper ventilation.
Follow Safety Precautions
Only clean your gas fireplace after it has cooled down sufficiently. Wiping down the fireplace glass door with a damp cloth while the unit is hot can crack the glass. Install a carbon monoxide detector next to your fireplace so that you know ahead of time if there is a malfunction that could potentially be life-threatening.