WHAT IS INVOLVED IN HAVING A FIREPLACE SERVICED?
Like all of your appliances, regular service is important to ensure long life and good performance. Gas Fireplaces should be serviced once a year. When we service your fireplace we will provide you with a checklist of the tests we have done and the service we have performed:
- clean glass and vacuum the dust from the bottom and top of the fireplace.
- check and clean the pilot assembly if required
- test the gas pressure at the gas valve.
- inspect the main burner operation and adjust fuel/air mixture if necessary
- clean the combustion chamber if there is an accumulation of carbon or sulfur
- test the operation of the blower and test the blower speed control
- clean the contacts on the faceplate switch.
- check the outside termination.
WHAT TYPES OF FIREPLACES NEED SERVICE?
All types of gas fireplaces require annual servicing. There are three basic types of gas fireplaces:
INSERTS: Inserts are most commonly used in existing homes that have pre-existing wood burning fireplaces. The gas unit is inserted into the existing opening and gas and venting are connected to the insert. We finish off the fireplace with a custom enclosure plate.
FREE-STANDING GAS FIREPLACE: These fireplaces look like your traditional wood burning stove that you might see in a cabin. They can be ornate with cast iron and enameled finish, or they might be made of steel with a pedestal bottom. They are commonly used in a room that needs supplemental heat, but doesn’t have an existing fireplace.
ZERO-CLEARANCE GAS FIREPLACE: This fireplace is used commonly in new construction and for renovations where the homeowner wants a traditional looking fireplace that can have a mantel. They are called “zero-clearance” because the fireplace can be framed in with wood studs without having to provide clearance to combustibles.