These days you can get the warm comfort of a fire by flipping a switch or pressing a button on a remote. It is so convenient that sometimes it is easy to forget that your gas fireplace needs to be looked at annually to make sure it is running properly. Nothing is worse than snuggling up on the couch when the snow finally falls just to find out that your fireplace will not light when you press the ON button.
It’s important to have your entire fireplace cleaned and checked so that it is ready for the inevitable winter weather. This also includes cleaning the glass doors on your unit, both inside and out. Gas fireplaces can sometimes get a buildup of debris from bad weather or just naturally over time. If you have ceramic logs, they can start to deteriorate and clog the vents. Small animals can also play a factor in causing build up in your fireplace and chimney. Birds can get in and build nests which will cause your fireplace not to vent properly. Spiders can spin webs around the valves producing a buildup that might cause your unit not to light when you want it to. Even though gas fireplaces burn clean (doesn’t produce soot like a wood fire) your chimney or firebox needs to be inspected annually. It’s essential for any type of fireplace that the chimney work correctly to prevent dangerous fumes like carbon monoxide to enter your home.
When you get your fireplace inspected by Complete Home Concepts we will make sure that your unit is ready to keep you warm this winter. During an inspection, our technician will take a look at the exterior of the fireplace. Check the glass for any dirt, chips or cracks. They will also check the framework and make sure it is holding up sufficiently. We will inspect at the interior of the unit, specifically the gas ignition under the logs and make sure it is lighting perfectly. Our techs will make sure your log set is not deteriorating in any way. On most service calls they will remove the face of the unit so they can check the valves and connections underneath. They will clean up any residue that has started to block any vents or ports and double check that your fireplace’s heat output is correct. After a routine check, your technician should make sure you understand any issues that your unit had and that you are aware of any repairs your fireplace may need. Our technicians have a wealth of information and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your fireplace or insert, don’t be afraid to ask.
Call our service center today to schedule your fireplace checkup!