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4 Easy Maintenance Tasks for Your Gas Fireplace

4 Easy Maintenance Tasks for Your Gas Fireplace

A lot of us here in the North Georgia mountains are turning off the heat and opening our windows for fresh air. If you have a gas fireplace, that means taking some measures to maintain and protect your fireplace while it isn’t being used.

The good news is that maintaining a gas fireplace is pretty simple as long as there aren’t any problems. For most fireplace owners, there are 4 easy maintenance tasks that you can do to keep your fireplace in good working order until the weather cools.

 4 Easy Maintenance Tasks for Your Gas Fireplace

If you are planning to put your gas fireplace on pause until the cooler months, there are a few things you can do to make sure your fireplace is safe and ready for use.

1. Turn Off the Pilot Light

Before doing any work on your gas fireplace or securing it during the summer months, the first thing you should do is turn off the pilot light. Keeping your pilot light off can help save money and gas.

2. Clean the Glass

This may seem like a simple task, but it is important. Over time, glass builds up dust and grime. That can be dangerous when exposed to heat. Be careful to only use a glass cleaner that is designed for fireplaces. Toxic chemicals could heat and then leech into the air in your home. Some chemicals may also cause damage to the glass.

3. Clean the Louvers and Airflow

Dust and dirt builds up on and inside a gas fireplace over time. At least once per year, use a soft cloth to carefully clean out the louvers and airflow vents. Vents and louvers should be visibly clean and clear of excessive dust or dirt.

4. Inspect and Clean the Fireplace

At least once per year, do a careful inspection and cleaning of your gas fireplace. Wipe down the exterior and look for signs of aging, peeling paint, or unnatural wear. Peeling or bubbling paint could be a sign that the fireplace isn’t working properly. If you notice anything unusual or troubling, call a professional.

Before Cleaning Your Fireplace

Before doing ANY maintenance on your fireplace, remember to do the following:

  • Turn off the fireplace and pilot light
  • Allow the fireplace to cool down after use
  • Use gloves and eye protection
  • Refer to your manual if you have questions

Never take chances with gas appliances. A gas leak can cause toxic fumes to enter your home and put you and your family at risk. Gas leaks are also expensive and can cause major damage if a fire or explosion occurs.

What to Do if There is a Problem with a Gas Fireplace

If there is a problem with your gas fireplace or it isn’t working properly, it may be best to call in a professional. Gas lines can be tricky, and can be dangerous if you don’t know exactly what is going on.

At The Fire Man, we help clients with gas fireplace issues of all sorts. Whether you are unsure about the usability of your unit, or suspect a serious problem – we are here to help. Contact us to find out how we can help you! Get a quote on our website, or call us at  (706) 897-1873.

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