Homeowners who upgrade their wood burning fireplaces to gas models will appreciate the much easier maintenance requirements. But even though gas fireplaces are relatively low-maintenance, there are still some cleaning and upkeep responsibilities to keep in mind.
Gas Fireplace Annual Maintenance
Once a year, anyone who uses their gas fireplace should arrange for a technician to inspect the unit. This will ensure the fireplace is continuing to operate as expected, and gives the technician the opportunity to fix up any issues. Many homeowners with gas fireplaces arrange inspections to take place during fall to confirm it's in good working order for winter.
The technician will review important features like the fan, the pilot light and burners, the gas pilot safety system, and venting. They may also clean the glass on the fireplace and around the exterior, and give you tips regarding which glass cleaners are best.
Clean and Repair Gas Fireplace Logs
When your gas fireplace is installed, the logs will be carefully tuned to produce the classic yellow flames you'll love to cozy up near during the winter months. They're designed to produce as little soot as possible, but that doesn't mean you will avoid soot altogether. Every once in a while, take a white cloth and swipe it across the logs or doors to see if any soot is building up.
If your white cloth comes back dirty, it may indicate that your logs have been incorrectly adjusted, your burner ports are clogged or you don't have enough airflow for your flames. Consult your gas fireplace manual to make sure the logs are arranged exactly how they're intended. Then, look up the cleaning instructions to clear any matter that may be clogging up the ports and to remove any soot that has already built up. Finally, make sure any vents are clean, open and unblocked.
In some cases, your gas fireplace may begin to produce soot because the logs are worn out. If the logs are cracked or broken, it's probably time to invest in a gas fireplace log repair or replacement.
Gas Fireplace Cleaning
To clean your gas fireplace, turn off the gas and pilot and wait for everything to cool down. Remove logs and burners, and scrub them down with a soft-bristle nylon brush. Vacuum and scrub the interior of the fire box. Wipe off the pilot and nozzle and burner assembly. Then, reconstruct your fireplace according to the manufacturer's precise instructions. Turn the pilot and gas back on, then light your fire. Make sure you don't smell gas.
If you'd like to have your fireplace cleaned but worry about getting the disassembly and reconstruction right, feel free to arrange for a technician to complete these tasks.