- Regularly check for dust, cobwebs, soot, and other dirt buildup
- Always keep the glass door of the fireplace clean
- Check the external vent for clogs or vegetation
- Observe for any unusual odors or fumes coming out of the fireplace
- Check your unit if there’s anything cracked, broken, or missing
Regularly check for dust, cobwebs, soot, and other dirt buildup
Dirt buildup is just natural for your fireplace, so always check for any debris and dirt that has settled, especially around the crevices of the fireplace. Cobwebs can also form inside the gas fireplace especially if it’s left unused for long periods of time. Soot may also start settling on the logs, and these must be cleared out. To clear out the dust and buildup easily and conveniently, you can use a vacuum cleaner and its hose and position it inside the fireplace to clean even hard to reach areas. To remove cobwebs and dust buildup on the logs, you can use a soft-bristled brush to gently remove the dirt on the surfaces. It is important that you use a soft brush since the ceramic logs can be very fragile and crack easily under pressure.
Always keep the glass door of the fireplace clean
Regularly clean the glass-viewing door of the fireplace so you can keep the quality of the glass clear. Wiping it with a damp cloth with a spray of window cleaner will help keep the glass from becoming cloudy or foggy. Failing to clean the window regular can permanently affect the clarity of the glass, so it’s important to keep it clean even if the fireplace isn’t in use. Also, take note that you should only wipe the glass door with wet cloth once the unit is completely cooled. Wait for at least 40 minutes after use before touching the glass door. Else, the glass might crack and break if wiped when it’s still hot, and you might also injure yourself. It is also important to check the glass door if everything’s in place—the bolts and screws must all be secure, and the door must fit right. This is to ensure that you don’t risk any carbon monoxide from seeping out of the fireplace, and entering your home’s airflow, as this can be very hazardous to one’s health.
Check the external vent for clogs or vegetation
The external vent of your gas fireplace must always be free from any clogged debris. Leaves, branches, twigs, and other vegetation might start growing or settling, so it’s important to have these de-clogged before using the fireplace. Birds might also start inhabiting the vent, so keep them out of your vent so these small animals will not be harmed by the smoke and heat. It’s important that your vent is cleared from any obstructions so the smoke won’t end up clogged inside the fireplace or seeping inside your home.
Observe for any unusual odors or fumes coming out of the fireplace
If you start smelling natural gas from seeping out of your fireplace, you must call a professional to have it checked out and repaired, before any accidents can take place. Also, a damaged or malfunctioning glass-viewing door can allow carbon monoxide fumes to enter the home, and that must be avoided at all costs. You can install a carbon monoxide alarm detector for extra safety as well. Taking these precautions can seriously save lives and prevent any untoward incidents that can be caused by dangerous fumes and gas leaks.
Check your unit if there’s anything cracked, broken, or missing
Check the gas fireplace gasket and ensure that it isn’t damaged or missing. It is important that the gasket is in good working condition, or else carbon monoxide might start entering your home. Also check the wires of your fireplace and make sure that these are working fine and there are no damaged wires. Ceramic logs might also start deteriorating and cracking, so include these during your regular inspection. Valves and other connections can also start creating leaks, and regular checkup and maintenance by a professional can help you spot and correct these issues. Lastly, check if there’s any rust starting to form on any of the parts of your fireplace, and if so, these parts must be replaced or remedied to keep your fireplace in great working condition and lengthen its lifespan.
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