Nothing takes the chill out of the air like a nice warm fire. Fall is quickly approaching, and it won’t be long until you and your family will want to cozy up around the fire.
The question now becomes how you take care of your gas fireplace to make sure it works at top efficiency. Let’s delve into the ins and outs of a good fireplace cleaning in Vancouver and why it’s essential.
Do Gas Log Fireplaces Need to be Cleaned?
Absolutely! Just because we think of natural gas as a “clean-burning energy” doesn’t mean that your gas fireplace shouldn’t be swept for dirt, foreign debris, and dust, as well as visually inspected for firebox integrity.
Over the previous year, raccoons, squirrels, and birds may have been active on your roof bringing nesting materials that block airflow and litter debris down the chimney. As well, it’s also a good time to clean the glass front and check for a good seal.
Once your gas fireplace has been serviced, your clean logs and glowing ember assembly can be reassembled and seated in the most pleasing arrangement and ready for whatever plans you may have.
Think About an Inspection Too!
While you’re at it, having your gas fireplace cleaning service is a terrific time to have an inspection too! The number one most critical component is a carbon monoxide (CO) emissions test to ensure your family’s safety.
Mechanically, a technician should inspect vents, flues, and other working parts to ensure proper functioning. Additionally, airflow is critical, and an inspection can determine if there are problems with the fan-blower assembly or air circulation in general.
To be honest, homeowners can go long periods of time without realizing these safety issues exist in their gas fireplace which can lead to catastrophic results.
How Often Should a Gas Fireplace be Cleaned and Inspected?
We recommend that you have a gas fireplace cleaning, inspection, and maintenance done annually. Then you can rest easy the entire year and not have to worry about potential problems.
Accordingly, the same goes for fire pits and outdoor grills that are hooked up to a dedicated gas source and, again, require a review of their fittings and venting.
What Does a Gas Fireplace Cleaning Entail?
Cleaning any fireplace is a dirty job and best left to the professionals (who should ensure your living area is protected while they work). Here is a rundown on what you can expect:
- Thorough vacuuming of the firebox removing any soot, dust, or debris
- Arranging and cleaning of the grates and logs
- Cleaning the pilot light assembly
- Thorough cleaning the glass inside and out
- Cleansing of the exterior hearth of the fireplace
- Reassembling the logs aesthetically
- Testing to make sure everything is in good working order
If you combine a gas fireplace cleaning service with an annual maintenance and inspection, then these items are part of the overall service.
How Will Your Technician Inspect Your Gas Fireplace?
During the annual inspection, expect that these key components will be reviewed, cleaned if appropriate, and assessed:
- Pilot lights
- Thermopiles and thermocouples
- Fan blowers
- Safety controls
- All switches and connections
- Front doors and glass
If for some reason your technician finds a problem with the mechanics, expect options. You should receive options to fix, repair, or replace the appropriate parts maintaining the integrity of the gas fireplace.
Is This Part of an Annual Service or Maintenance Program?
Yes, in most cases, the seriously economical choice when exploring gas fireplace cleaning in Vancouver is to have a full, comprehensive cleaning, inspection, and maintenance service that will give you the peace of mind for the coming year. Hence, any one component is exponentially more effective with the other two.
To Sum Up…
Cleaning your gas fireplace in the Vancouver area (as well as inspecting and maintaining it) will ensure that your gas appliance will have a long and productive life free from problems that stem from deterioration and neglect. Therefore, it also means that you and your family can rest easy that harmful gas is being handled properly by the equipment. Leaks or collecting gas could cause harm or injury.
If you are interested in scheduling your gas fireplace cleaning service, be sure to rely on Kirkstone Heating. With over 50,000 homes serviced to date, we handle every job as if our family lived there.
Contact us for all of your gas fireplace cleaning and inspection needs in the greater Vancouver area and surrounding municipalities, including Abbotsford, Aldergrove, Burnaby, Cloverdale, Coquitlam, Delta, Ladner, Langley, Lions Bay, Maple Ridge, Mission, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Tsawwassen, Vancouver, West Vancouver, and White Rock.