What Are the Benefits of Annual Fireplace Maintenance?
How dirty is your fireplace? Whether your home is new or well-aged, many people think very little of their fireplace once they’ve moved in. Unfortunately, this can lead to a host of problems as the years go by, and ultimately add unnecessary costs that are easily avoided. Fireplaces require regular maintenance in order to keep them functioning correctly, but also safely and efficiently. Without maintaining your fireplace it may develop issues that aren’t visible but can impact your health, safety, and overall enjoyment of your home.
Choosing to have your fireplace service on an annual basis enables you to confirm that it remains safe to operate and that it won’t quit on you when you need it most (such as on a cold winter night). At Fireplace Warehouse ETC, our goal is to ensure that your fireplace provides enjoyment and comfort to your family for many years, and regular annual maintenance can help greatly in that pursuit.
If you use your fireplace regularly as a main source of heat, or turn it on in the evenings for added comfort during the winter, it will eventually cause a build-up of creosote residue. This occurs when fossil fuels are burned, and is an inevitable part of using your fireplace. However, if creosote deposits are allowed to build up, your chimney becomes less efficient due to increased circulation of cool air. This means that your fireplace will have to work harder to provide the same amount of heat which will raise your utility costs and increase your impact on the environment. Annual fireplace maintenance and cleaning can prevent this from occurring and enable your fireplace to operate at optimum efficiency.
Is there anything…living…inside your chimney? Insects, birds, rodents, and other small animals may sometimes nest in or around your chimney as it provides a heat source during cold weather. Without an annual inspection of your fireplace components, these pests can clog your chimney and prevent toxic fumes from being safely released. This can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning quickly, and there are no warning signs that you can see or smell. Gas leaks can also occur without animal activity and go undetected if annual maintenance is not performed. In the case of wood-burning fireplaces, clogging – due to either pests or creosote build-up – can cause the fire to spread to other areas of your home creating a dangerous and potentially catastrophic situation.
Extending the Life of Your Fireplace
Whether you’ve purchased your fireplace directly or it came with your home, you want it to last without the need to replace it and ensure that it retains its aesthetic value. Regular annual fireplace maintenance can help you to ensure that all components are working correctly, and provide insight regarding components that may need to be replaced before a larger issue or breakdown occurs. The difference in cost can be substantial, as many common issues can be fixed inexpensively if they are caught early during a routine service. Just like your car, your fireplace is designed to last for many years, but without maintenance, it can create a slew of problems that can be detrimental to your budget.
Maintain Your Fireplace With Fireplace Warehouse ETC
In order to ensure that your fireplace remains safe, efficient, and reaches a long service life, it’s essential to have a plan for regular maintenance. At Fireplace Warehouse ETC we offer a complete list of fireplace services that we can provide during your annual maintenance visit. These include:
- Multi-point diagnostic checklist
- Testing for gas, CO, or seal leaks
- High-altitude adjustment
- Vent and ignition system check-ups
- Cleaning for creosote, soot, stains, and foggy glass
- Log adjustment or replacement
- Adjustment of settings for proper combustion ratio
- Test burn after service or repairs are performed
If it’s been a while since your fireplace has been serviced or if you suspect that it may be performing inefficiently, Fireplace Warehouse is ready to get to work to ensure that you get the most out of it. We have provided maintenance support to numerous customers and have accumulated high-quality reviews as a result. Our customers recognize the dedication that we put into our work, and we are thrilled to provide them with outstanding service visit after visit. Stop by our showroom in Denver to meet with an expert or contact us to have your fireplace serviced by Fireplace Warehouse ETC.