#1 Read Your Fireplace Manual
The manual that came with your gas fireplace, stove or insert has a lot of important information. It contains information about how to operate your gas unit and it outlines what you need to do to keep it performing safely and reliably. Knowing what your responsibilities are now could help you save time and money in the future. If you’ve lost or miss placed it go online and download a copy. If you’re not sure how to complete one of the maintenance tasks listed in your fireplace manual, we are always here to help you.
#2 Annual Inspection & Cleaning
Gas fireplaces, inserts and stoves are low maintenance, but even gas units need to be inspected annually by a licensed gas professional. Dust, dirt and dead insects build up in the orifices and burner ports of your fireplace, causing it to burn inefficiently or not at all. Dirty or loose wiring connections can cause problems and worn gaskets can allow poisonous carbon monoxide to filter into your living area. Even ceramic logs can deteriorate over time, clogging vents and burner ports. Our licensed gas inspector’s will check and clean all the components of your gas fireplace, including your venting and the glass window on your fireplace. For your safety and the longevity of your fireplace, a yearly inspection is necessary.
#3 Keep Flammable Materials Away
Keep potentially flammable and combustible materials like dog toys, children’s dolls, fabrics, paper at least 3 feet away from fireplaces. A fireplace safety screen or glass safety barrier is a great way to help keep children and fur babies safe, included with all gas fireplaces now.
#4 Checking Your Detectors
It’s important to test the functionality of each sensor and if applicable, install fresh batteries each year. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless so it’s a good idea to know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, which may include dizziness, weakness, confusion, blurred vision, shortness of breath, headache, nausea and loss of consciousness. Doing your fireplace and detectors at the same time is a great way to remember and rest assure your safe and ready for the fall and winter.
#5 Install Fresh Batteries into Your Gas Fireplace Receiver & Remote Control
It’s a good idea to change the batteries in your gas fireplace receiver at the same time you change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors each year. A gas fireplace receiver is a battery powered backup power supply that can light your gas fireplace in the event of a power outage. Choose a gas fireplace or gas insert that has a receiver to ensure your home can stay warm and cozy when you need it most. If your fireplace can be operated via remote control, remember to install fresh batteries into your remote as well!
If you require further information or you’re ready to book your annual inspection and cleaning call us today at 905-597-6033