Offering so many benefits, gas fireplaces and gas logs are a convenient, energy-efficient, and clean burning way of heating your home. You do not have to go outside in the cold to gather fuel, there are no worries of combustible creosote deposits, you do not have to clean up ashes and their residue, and you can easily control the flame by pressing a button. However, you still need to practice regular maintenance of gas-fueled fireplace appliances. At Old Hat Chimney Service, our technicians are experts on installing and servicing gas fireplaces. Old Hat Chimney Service can also convert your old wood-burning fireplace into a gas one by installing gas logs. With our years of experience, we know the best ways to maintain gas fireplaces and gas logs, and we would like to share with you some basic tips.
Schedule an Annual Professional Inspection of Your Gas Fireplace Appliance.
Although one of the benefits of a gas-fueled fireplace is little maintenance is needed, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends you have your appliance serviced annually to check for problems. An annual chimney sweeping and inspection is also recommended to ensure your safety.
Know Whether Your Gas Logs Are Vented or Vent-Free.
The easiest way to tell the difference is to look at the flame. If it is a realistic wood-burning fire with a yellow flame, your gas logs are vented. If the flame is small and shaded blue, you have vent-free gas logs. You can also check to see if the logs are connected to a U-shaped burner (vent-free) or are loose (vented). Vent-free logs are also required by federal law to be equipped with an oxygen depletion sensor.
Be Aware of How to Light Your Gas Fireplace Appliance.
Firstly, you will need to turn on the gas flow, and you can do this from the outside at the source by opening the gas line and from the inside by finding the fireplace valve and turning it on. Once you have gas flowing, you can then light the pilot. Locate the fireplace controls and the control knob. Turn the control knob to “Pilot.” Press down on the knob continually as you press the ignition button one time every second. Once the pilot is lit, you can stop pressing the ignition button, but keep holding down the control knob for 30 more seconds and then gradually disengage.
Carefully Follow the Manufacturer’s Instructions in Your Appliance’s Manual.
Important information is located inside the owner’s manual for your gas-fueled fireplace appliance, so be sure to take the time to read through the manual completely. You will find specific instructions on how to light the pilot as well as a maintenance checklist in the manual. What if you have lost the owner’s manual? What if you have never had the manual because you moved into the house after the appliance was installed? You can easily find the owner’s manual for your appliance online. Just type in the manufacturer’s name and the model of the appliance into your favorite search engine to locate the online version of the manual.
Have questions about maintaining a gas fireplace or gas logs? Contact Old Hat Chimney Service to ask our expert staff anything you would like to know.