Gas Fireplaces need an annual inspection in order to keep up to snuff. This is a very important practice, which many overlook; myself included. Because gas fireplaces burn clean and are very easy to take care of, some assume that this means it doesn’t need cleaning. While it is true that gas fireplaces are both efficient and low maintenance, it’s a known fact that ANY appliance can become a nuisance if neglected. That is why you need an annual inspection of your gas fireplace. By cleaning your fireplace and chimney, you can put your mind at ease when you start your unit this season.
Every fireplace or insert should be cleaned annually. This is due to the hard work a fireplace puts in with each use, when it is heating your home. It‘s best to get your fireplace checked each spring; that way you will have a flawlessly functioning fireplace all year round, but whatever schedule is easiest for you will work for the fireplace too.
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.