6 Steps to Maintaining Your Gas Fireplace

Gas fireplaces are easy to use and can set the ambiance of the room - or the night. All it takes is following a few safety steps you can enjoy your fireplace for years. 

Professional installation by a qualified technician is essential to the proper performance and safety of a hearth product and its venting system. Unlike a malfunctioning refrigerator, a gas fireplace that doesn't do its job properly can have serious - and even fatal - consequences. 

Gas fireplaces, stoves, and inserts also require routine maintenance and service to ensure their in proper working order. The best person to perform the service is a technician who is trained in the maintenance of gas fireplaces and their venting systems. BEFORE lighting the first fire of the season, there are a few important safety tips to remember. 

 

 

  • Have a technician check the gas lines, clean the burner, control compartment, fan and related air circulation passages, as well as check for condensation annually.
  • Ensure the vents are unobstructed and able to do their job.
  • Check the batteries in the carbon monoxide detector.
  • Clean the glass and adjust the glowing embers and logs for best appearance.
  • Be alert for unusual odors or flames, which are often a sign that the fireplace is not operating properly.
  • Make family members and guests aware that the glass panel of a gas fireplace, stove, or insert can be very hot. Installing a safety screen or safety barrier is recommended to reduce the risk of serious burns by preventing direct contact with hot glass.