As gas fireplaces are becoming more popular and common in newer homes, you are going to want to make sure you know everything there is to know about the different types that are out there. With winter just around the corner, it’s important to make sure proper cleaning and maintenance are applied when it comes to your fireplace. The professionals at Express Home Services are here to guide and help you to understand everything you need to know about your gas fireplace!
Different Types of Gas Fireplaces
Before attempting any repairs or cleaning out your fireplace, it’s better to know what type you are dealing with. If you decide it’s time to upgrade your home to a gas fireplace, here are the two most common gas fireplace units you should be aware of:
Direct-Vent Gas Fireplaces
One of the more common fireplaces, a direct-vent system, is built to bring in the warmth without impacting your home’s air quality. This is a great option for those with any allergy or lung issues. The sealed venting system carries in fresh air from outside and empties out harmful gas away from your home.
Ventless Gas Fireplaces
A vent-free gas fireplace is known for being more energy-efficient than vented fireplaces, because the heat won’t escape the passageway. This saves more money long-term as your gas bill wont go up.
How to Properly Clean Your Gas Fireplace
When you keep your fireplace clean, it will last longer and prevent any issues when you plan to use it for those colder months. Gas fireplaces should be cleaned and inspected at least monthly, even if it is summertime and you aren’t using it. Regular cleaning and maintenance will prevent any dust or dirt build-up. Here are a few tools and materials you will need to get started:
- Fireplace glass cleaner
- Cleaning rags
- Vacuum hose
- Hand broom and dust pan
- Bucket of warm water
- Old towel
- A soft-bristled toothbrush
- Face mask is optional
If you aren’t really sure on what to do, you can always contact your local HVAC technician to guide you through the cleaning process and check out what fireplace services they have to offer. When in doubt, It is always best to leave it up to the professionals, so you can stay safe and avoid any further issues. If you are feeling confident with taking on the task, then here are a few steps to help get you started:
Step 1: Turn off the Gas
This is the most important step you are going to want to take to ensure safety. There should be a gas valve on the fireplace wall for you to turn off. It’s safer to wait at least 10 minutes before you start, and make sure the entire fireplace is cooled down.
If you suspect a leak or start to smell gas, stop what you are doing, leave the area, and call 911 or your gas company.
Step 2: Take Apart Your Fireplace
Carefully remove the gas logs and burner unit. Depending on the style of your fireplace, you may need to remove any glass covers or metal screens for a deeper cleaning. When you reassemble your gas fireplace, keep in mind that they need to go back in the same way they did before you took them out.
Step 3: Clean Out the Interior
This is when your hand broom comes in handy! Gently use the brush to clean out dust and dirt. Avoid any cleaners or water when cleaning out fireplace parts. Lastly, use the vacuum hose to get rid of remaining dust and spider webs. An old toothbrush is a great tool to use when dusting off fireplace logs or smaller components.
Step 4: Clean the Exterior
Use a fireplace glass cleaner to clean the glass on your fireplace door and polish up the metal. You can also use warm water and a cloth to wipe away any remaining dust that is on the mantel and hearth.
Step 5: Inspect the Vent
Inspect your fireplace’s exterior vent monthly to avoid any type of blockages from entering through.
You are definitely going to want your fireplace in tip-top shape when it’s time to use it again. Clean it consistently. It’s better to clean your fireplace regularly so you can avoid costly issues in the future.
Call the Professionals at Express Home Services
Are you looking for additional assistance or repairs? Our technicians at Express Home Services specialize in gas fireplace repairs. We highly recommend that your gas fireplace is consistently inspected to avoid any future issues.
When we do repairs, we disassemble and clean the pilot, adjust the flame, clean the burners and glass. If you don’t have any experience with gas fireplace maintenance, we highly recommend scheduling with our team to get the job done right! If you live in Utah or Nevada, you can contact us today to assist you with any of your HVAC needs.