Since wood-burning appliances require constant cleaning and debris removal, gas fireplaces are easier to support. However, maintaining a gas fireplace is not as simple as servicing a wood-burning fireplace because of the components inside. Since we are dealing with gas components and your home's gas line, it is recommended to have your fireplace inspected once a year by a licensed gas service provider.
For general cleaning and maintenance, keeping your gas fireplace in good condition is easy! This post will cover how to maintain your gas fireplace, including what you should clean, what type of cleaner you should use, and other guidelines.
After some use, you may notice your fireplace isn't looking quite as clean and fresh anymore. Fortunately, cleaning your fireplace is pretty simple once you know what to do!
Read the manual that came with your gas fireplace or fire feature insert for unique information about your appliance. It should detail the proper operation and what you need to do to keep the device performing safely and reliably. Most manufactures have these available for download from their website if you have lost yours.
All of the manuals and instructions for Firegear products are available here for your convenience.
Before working with your fire feature, you'll need to turn off the gas valve and power before you start cleaning. When dealing with gas or propane, always keep the gas turned off while cleaning, repairing, or disconnecting items. As well, for gas fireplaces with special lighting or electrical ignition, turn off or disconnect power to limit any chance of sparks, shorts, or ignition.
Once your appliance has cooled down, carefully remove the glass and lay it on some towels. Clean with diluted vinegar or soapy water to remove any cloudiness or build-up. Refrain from common cleaners that may leave residue and stain with heat. There are fireplace-specific cleaners available for more challenging situations.
Even though there is a lack of ash and embers, gas fireplaces still accumulate dust. Wipe down the surfaces with diluted vinegar or soapy water. Inspect the fire media for charing and discoloration, which could signify inconsistencies with the burner. Clean gas logs and fire media once a year to keep them from deteriorating or staining.
Once a year, it's prudent to inspect the vents, burner tray, and cavity for debris, dust, cobwebs, and trash. Whether kids, pets, pests, or weather, these generally uninteresting places have a way of collecting dirt, dust, and other items. Cleaning these areas will maintain the purity and longevity of the fireplace.
Checking the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be a standard annual fire safety routine we all employ. It also makes sense to change the batteries on these necessary items when doing the yearly cleaning of your fireplace. If your fire feature contains a battery-operated ignition system and remote control, it would be prudent to change these batteries simultaneously so you can relax, knowing everything's good for another year of enjoyment.
With these tips and practices, an annual or bi-annual cleaning and inspection should be all that's needed to keep your gas fireplace in good shape. If you ever smell gas or suspect there is something wrong with the gas components; please enlist professional help right away.
If you have any questions about how to maintain your gas fireplace, please contact us! We will be happy to answer questions and walk you through the process step by step with no obligation or hassle.