A gas fireplace can add a lot of aesthetic appeal to your home, and with all of the different models and styles available it's easy to find one that matches any room's décor. But even gas fireplaces require regular maintenance in order to keep them running smoothly. If you have a fireplace in your home, then the following tips for care and maintenance are for you.
Cleaning your gas fireplace twice per year is recommended. Remember to let your fireplace cool down before attempting to clean, and always turn off the pilot light. Use a brush to clean the control compartment and the burner of your fireplace. A paintbrush should be used to clean the logs, however, as these may be fragile and break easily. Once everything has been brushed off you can vacuum your fireplace to remove any ash and excess debris.
Cleaning Glass and Trim
After removing the glass door from your fireplace it can be cleaned using any commercial glass cleaner available at your retailer. Trim work, which is typically brass or gold, should be cleaned using a damp cloth only. Using any kind of polish or commercial cleaners on the fireplace trim may damage its finish.
Check Your Vents
Visually inspect your ventilation systems to make sure they are still fully intact. If there are any rust stains, holes or cracks, you'll want to get the section repaired or replaced by a professional as soon as possible. Finally, shine a flashlight down the vent and look for any objects such as leaves or dead animals and remove the obstruction.
Cleaning and maintenance keep your fireplace looking good, but proper use and care of your fireplace can go a long way concerning the operation of your fireplace. Regularly inspect your gas fireplace for any broken or cracked glass or logs. If anything is broken or cracked it should be removed and replaced immediately and before further operation.
Even if you take immaculate care of your fireplace it's bound to collect some scrapes and scratches. These blemishes can be touched up using paint, but you'll need to find paint that is approved for the amount of heat put out by your fireplace.
Your fireplace should also be inspected once per year by a professional. The worker will be able to inspect and troubleshoot parts of the fireplace that you wouldn't be able to. The inspector will clean the pilot and the burners, check the ignition system for any problems and inspect your venting and chimney.
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