Simple Tips for Maintaining Your Gas Fireplace
The Flame Company-November-Blt is true that a gas fireplace is not as messy as a traditional wood fireplace. However, your gas fireplace still needs to be maintained regularly to give your home the warmth and aesthetic you are looking for. The last thing you want is an ineffective, or hazardous, fireplace because of improper maintenance. According to the EPA, the leading cause of house fires related to fireplaces is failure to clean.
It is recommended to clean your gas fireplace and vent-free logs at least once a year. To help guide you through this process, here are a few simple tips you can use to help maintain your fireplace.
Turn off the gas and remove the logs
Just like you would turn off your water before working on the plumbing, it is crucial to turn off your gas before you begin cleaning your fireplace. When the fireplace is completely cool, remove the glass pane and the gas logs from inside. To keep things from getting messy, place a towel down where you can set your gas logs on.
Clean your gas logs
Once you have removed your gas logs, you can start to clean them off. Unfortunately, you cannot vacuum these pieces. Use a soft, wet cloth to carefully wipe down the logs to remove any debris. If the debris is stubborn and will not come off the gas fire logs, you can use a soft-bristled toothbrush or scrub brush to remove it.
Clean the unit and glass
Once your gas logs are sufficiently clean, you can start to clean your actual gas fireplace. You can use a vacuum to clean the base of the fireplace and a vacuum tool to clean the sides. A soft sponge and mild detergent can help to remove any stubborn debris that will not come off. Dry the gas fireplace unit thoroughly with a towel before replacing your gas logs or the glass. To clean the glass, you can use a glass cleaner to wipe away any fingerprints, dust, or debris. Again, make sure the glass is thoroughly dry before replacing it.
What if my gas fireplace needs a repair?
If you noticed that your gas fireplace is not working properly even after you have sufficiently cleaned it, you may need to contact your gas fireplace company. The Flame Company offers gas fireplace repairs for vent-free fireplaces, direct vent fireplaces, and vented gas log fireplaces along with repairs for gas logs themselves. To learn more about gas fireplace repairs or for more information on new gas log sets, contact The Flame Company today!