Gas fireplaces and gas fireplace inserts need to be maintained annually to ensure they’re working as they should. While it can be easy to forget to do this, it is an important step to take to make sure your gas fireplace burns efficiently and safely.
You may think that since it’s a gas fireplace, it burns clean and doesn’t require maintenance. The fact is that any appliance in your home will malfunction if it’s not cared for properly. Annual maintenance of your gas fireplace or gas fireplace insert is something that will keep your repair costs low over time.
As a general rule, your gas fireplace or insert should get cleaned once a year. Any kind of fireplace will be putting out a tremendous amount of heat, which can spark safety issues if something goes awry. Inspecting it once a year can help you have peace of mind that no mishaps will occur.
The best time to have your gas fireplace or insert checked up on is in the spring. This ensures that everything is in working order and is clean after being used during the fall and winter.
Potential Issues for a Gas Fireplace or Gas Fireplace Insert
Even clean-burning gas fireplaces will collect debris within them. All of it will need to get removed periodically to prevent airflow from becoming restricted and unwanted odors.
You may find your gas fireplace or gas fireplace insert containing debris in the following forms:
- Deteriorating Faux Logs – Ceramic and other faux log inserts will begin deteriorating over time. Debris can start to get trapped on the sides of them.
- Dirty Glass Doors – If the glass doors chip or get scratched somehow, they can pose a safety hazard.
- General Residue – Fire always leads to residues, even clean-burning gas ones. That means it will get dirtier within the fireplace as time goes on and will need to be cleaned.
Whether you have a gas fireplace of a gas fireplace insert within an old masonry fireplace, you owe it to yourself to get it maintained annually. The faux logs will be inspected, and residue will be cleaned, and anything that requires maintenance will get fixed. Colorado Comfort Designs specializes in gas fireplace and gas fireplace insert repair and maintenance. Contact us today to learn more about how we can keep your gas fireplace safe and clean.