It is recommended that you have your gas fireplace inspected annually. Despite this recommendation, many homeowners either forget or decide to forgo their annual inspection. Gas fireplaces burn clean and require less maintenance than wood burning fireplaces, but that doesn’t mean they don’t require any attention. Neglected to have your gas fireplace inspected and cleaned annually can cause your unit to stop perfuming efficiently and cause health and safety problems in your home. Here is some more information about why annual inspections are important for your gas fireplace.
Over time, debris can collect in the chimney, vents and flue of your gas fireplace. If that debris isn’t cleared within a reasonable timeframe, it can cause your fireplace to smell when in use or restrict airflow, making it more difficult to start and safely maintain fires. Some of the most common debris found in gas fireplaces include:
– Faux-log inserts that can deteriorate over time and over use
– Cracked, broken doors or door frames, which can reduce your gas fireplace’s heat output
– Residue such as soot left behind by previous friends
What Will Happen on Your Inspection
The first thing a professional fireplace technician will check is the area surrounding your fireplace to ensure that nothing hazardous. Then, technicians will test a unit themselves by lighting a fire and seeing how well the unit still burns. By inspecting and clearing blocked vents and ports, your fireplace technician will be able to help your gas fireplace run to its maximum efficiency. Finally, once your gas fireplace is fully restored, your technician will test the carbon monoxide detectors in your home to ensure that they’re fully functioning and they’ll explain all safety procedures concerning your gas fireplace.
While annual gas fireplace inspections may not seem important, they’re actually crucial for maintaining the safety and performance of your unit and extending the lifespan of your fireplace. At Igne Ferro, we provide our customers with fireplace inspections as well as maintenance and repair services. For more information about our innovative fireplace products and services, contact us today at Igne Ferro.