Your Colorado Springs Gas Fireplaces Are Low Maintenance – But They Still Should Have an Annual Inspection
Far less maintenance than their wood-burning counterparts, it’s no surprise to Colorado Springs gas fireplace owners that these fuel-burning wonders are soaring in popularity. But don’t let their convenient, low maintenance operation fool you. Gas fireplaces still need a little routine TLC.
The summer is a great time to perform necessary annual maintenance and inspections, while your gas fireplace is taking a much needed siesta after heavy winter and spring work. To ensure top performance next season, take care of your gas fireplace with:
- A thorough cleaning.
Although you aren’t burning logs, gas fireplaces can still suffer from poor ventilation. To prevent vents from clogging and effecting performance next season, be certain to thoroughly clean debris from the entire fireplace – including glass doors – at the end of each season.
- A component check.
You may be a DIY master, but this still requires professional attention. Never assume your gas fireplace is operating the way it should. For safety’s sake, schedule an annual professional inspection and service for your fireplace. During the service, our technician should:
- Check valves and connections for leaks.
- Inspect the thermopile and thermocouple for wear and/or necessary cleaning.
- Check the placement and operation of gas logs.
- Verify proper pilot light function (or adjust controls/ignition system if your fireplace doesn’t have a pilot light).
- Ensure the millivolt generator is working properly so you don’t experience issues starting your fireplace in the event of power outage.
- Clean the fan and air passages, as well as the inside surface of the glass with the proper tools and products.
- A ventilation check.
Annual inspection of venting can identify debris or animal-related obstructions. If you have a direct vent system through a wall, you may be able to perform this task yourself. Proper venting is the most important part of an annual inspection because it could expose issues that could prevent deadly carbon monoxide poisonings.
- Carbon monoxide detector inspection.
Though not part-and-parcel of your gas fireplace, carbon monoxide detectors are an essential safeguard to any combustion appliance. Replace batteries at least annually, and perform monthly tests for proper function. In addition, ensure proper placement of detectors on the wall about five feet above the floor or on the ceiling, but not directly over the fireplace, and locate at least one detector near each sleeping area.
Give your gas fireplace the care it deserves
All open combustion heat systems need a bit of attention every now and then for performance and safety. That’s why, at Fireplace Warehouse ETC, we service every brand of fireplace we carry, like Town and Country fireplaces, Regency fireplaces – and even some that we don’t. We have the tools and expertise necessary to make short work of your gas fireplace maintenance needs. If you can’t remember the last time you scheduled professional Colorado Springs fireplace maintenance, give our service experts a call and schedule your annual routine maintenance and professional inspection today.
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