Just like any other appliance or machine, a fireplace is going to need routine maintenance throughout the year to keep it running properly. Whether you have a gas, electric, or wood fireplace, it’s crucial to give it the attention it needs. Keeping up with maintenance will ensure its being used efficiently and safely. While there are plenty of ways you can maintain it as the homeowner, we also offer professional fireplace services for more in-depth maintenance. Check out the basics below for each fireplace type, and how we can help.
The snap, crackle, and pop or a traditional wood-burning fireplace is unmatched. However, this type of fireplace typically needs the most maintenance. At least once a year, you should have your chimney checked to make sure the masonry is fully intact, without any cracks. Not only will this help you to heat your home more efficiently, but also prevent any further damage to the structure. Next, you’ll want to give some attention to the firebox, or bottom of your fireplace. This can be cleaned with warm water and soap to remove any soot. An ash vacuum cleaner may also come in handy to remove any ashes, creosote debris, and soot. To finish the maintenance, clean any accessories (fireplace doors, screens, and tools) using dishwashing soap and water.
In comparison to wood-burning, electric fireplaces are much cleaner-burning. However, it’s crucial to give them the maintenance they need, as they can become hazards much like any other electrical appliances. Homeowners should check the wiring and other components to make sure they’re in good condition. If you have pets (or even mice/rodents) they can chew through the wires causing a fire hazard. In this case, you should always call in a professional for repairs. The fireplace should be regularly cleaned on the inside and outside, using household tools to dust. Lastly, the bulbs will need replacements approximately every 2-3 years.
Before turning on your gas fireplace for the first time of the season, inspect the firebox, logs, and gas line for any wear and tear. The coals, logs and stones can all be cleaned using a product recommended by the manufacturer. You can also vacuum and dust the firebox, while ensuring the vents are kept free of any debris. Gas fireplaces should be inspected yearly by a professional, to check for any leaks or malfunctions. When you’re done using your fireplace for the season, the gas’s main valve should be shut, and the pilot light should be extinguished.