Top FAQs about Gas Appliances
All appliances need maintenance and service from time-to-time. Basic maintenance and upkeep is likely something you can do yourself. But there are many problems that may require the help of a professional. If you have gas appliances and notice that one of them, or your gas lines, seem to need maintenance or repair, you may have questions.
At The Fire Man, we have answers. Read on for more information about some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about gas appliances, care, and servicing.
FAQs about Gas Appliances
Homeowners often ask us about their gas appliances. Here are some of our top questions and answers:
I currently have LP gas ran to my fireplace. Can I convert to natural gas?
Yes! Converting from one type of fuel to another is relatively easy. However, because we are talking about gas lines, we do recommend hiring a professional gas line installer in order to make sure your home is safe and your appliances are working properly.
What does “direct vent” mean?
Direct vent is a system that includes one pipe nestled inside another pipe. The pipe that runs to the exterior of your home brings in outside air to your fireplace. The inside pipe exhausts the by-products outside of your home. Direct vent appliances are generally more energy efficient, which is why many people are converting to this style.
When do I need to be worried about odors from a new gas appliance?
It is normal for some gas appliances to have a bit of an odor the first few times you use them. This is because of solvents used during manufacturing and/or curing. However, after the first few uses, there should be no odor. If you are using a gas appliance and notice a smell similar to rotten eggs, you should leave your home immediately and call a professional to check for a gas leak.
How do I know if my furnace needs to be replaced?
Furnaces will eventually show signs of wear, and will eventually need to be replaced. But how do you when it’s time? Here are some symptoms of a failing system:
- Ignition is delayed
- Pilot out goes out frequently
- The flame is yellow or flickers
- There is noticeable soot or corrosion
- Heat is inconsistent (too hot or too cold)
- You notice a smell of sulfur (rotten eggs)
What can I do to make sure my furnace is running properly?
Regular maintenance on your furnace can save you a lot of time and money, especially during the winter. We recommend the following routine maintenance:
- Inspect your filters once per month.
- Check the air supply and return vents in your home.
- Make sure vents are clear and free from obstructions.
- Check your venting systems at least once per year.
- Keep the area around your furnace clean and free from clutter.
- Never block the source of combustion air.
- Regularly check your propane levels to make sure you are not out of fuel.
Is natural gas better than electricity for cooking?
Most homeowners have some amount of preference toward the type of cooking source they use. There are pros and cons to different types of stoves. For example, natural gas is quick-heating, self-cleaning, and has reliable temperature control. An advantage to electric is that there are reliable safety controls and you don’t have to worry about an open flame.
How do I convert my appliances or home to natural gas?
If you are considering converting your home to natural gas, your first step is contacting your local natural gas provider to see if they service your area. Next, you will need to contact a gas line installation team to run the natural gas from the service line to your home and appliances. Even though there are DIY methods of doing this, it is safer for your home to have a professional complete conversion.
Looking for Gas Appliance Service in Your Area?
If you live in the North Georgia Mountains, there is only ONE choice for gas line installation and repair – The Fire Man. At The Fire Man, we have more than a decade of experience helping homeowners install, repair, service, maintain, and convert their appliances and homes. Our team is certified in gas installation, and we make safety our top priority.
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