While it may not seem it yet, fall is just around the corner and it won’t be long before those cool nights are here. Before the temperatures start dropping, now’s the time to start thinking about the fall and preparing your fireplace. After a few months of having it turned off, there are a few steps you’ll need to take in order to make sure it’s ready for the cold months ahead. Whether you have a wood-burning or gas fireplace, there are several steps you can take to get started.
Wood-Burning Fireplaces and Stoves
Before lighting a fire in your fireplace for the first time this season, you’ll want to schedule a chimney sweeping. Making sure that any creosote deposits have been removed is crucial to avoid a potential chimney fire. It’s also important to have the gaskets, damper and ash dump inspected and if needed, replaced. If the gaskets aren’t providing an airtight seal, excess air can leak into the firebox creating an unsafe fire than can cause damage to your fireplace. Next, you’ll want to inspect the brick lining to ensure that none are broken or damaged. If you find that any are, it’s important to replace these before your first fire. Lastly, you’ll want to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re working properly. Taking these safety measures is crucial before regularly lighting fires in your fireplace this fall.
Similar to a wood-burning fireplace, your gas fireplace will also need a scheduled appointment to make sure everything is working properly. A technician will be able to check that the pilot and main burners are lighting properly, and also check the blower. A gas fireplace can be a bit more complex, so it’s always best to call in the experts. Once a technician has made any necessary repairs, check the remote control batteries, as well as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and you’ll be set for the fall!
Contact New England Hearth & Home
The earlier you start getting prepared for the fall, the quicker you’ll be able to schedule any repairs or annual maintenance it needs before the fireplace repairman gets busy. To service your gas fireplace, contact the experts at New England Hearth & Home. Give us a call today or fill out an online contact form to schedule an appointment.