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The Importance Of Gas Log Maintenance

Gas logs and fireplaces have become the preferred hearth appliances of the majority of homeowners. Why? Well, largely because they require little care and maintenance. That’s not to say that if you have gas logs or a gas fireplace that your hearth doesn’t require care. Just like any heating appliance, maintenance of your gas logs and gas fireplace are incredibly important! Before you light your gas logs or gas fireplace this fall, you need to make sure your hearth has been properly prepared. Here’s what you need to consider when it comes to maintaining your gas logs or fireplace.

Importance Of Gas Log Maintenance Image - Royal Oak MI - FireSide Hearth & HomeYou still need an annual chimney sweeping and inspection.

A chimney that vents a gas fireplace or log set won’t become caked with creosote the way a wood-burning fireplace will. Having said that, a gas hearth appliance still requires an annual sweeping and inspection! The sweeping will remove any built up soot or debris from the fireplace. Additionally, the inspection will ensure that the chimney liner remains in good repair and safe for use.

Gas logs need to be cleaned, too.

Part of your annual maintenance for your gas fireplace should be a thorough cleaning of your gas logs. Gas logs collect dust, just like anything else. This dust can clog blowers or interfere with the pilot lights. It can also cause a foul smell when you ignite your fireplace! Of course, dust on your gas fireplace also will create a dingy appearance and degrade the overall look of your hearth. not to mention, ceramic gas logs will break down over time – and chunks of the logs will litter the bottom of your fireplace. Those chunks, too, can interfere with the working components of your fireplace. Ideally, your annual chimney sweeping will include the removal and cleaning of your gas logs, fire chamber, and glass fireplace doors.

An inspection ensures safe operation.

Gas logs and gas fireplaces include a lot of working components. At the very least, your gas logs will have a pilot light. With a gas fireplace or fireplace insert, there are blowers, gaskets, and seals. What happens if any of those components aren’t working? It can interfere with the efficient operation of your fireplace, cause your fireplace not to ignite, or even pose a danger in your home! Your annual professional fireplace and chimney service should include a complete inspection of the working components of your gas logs or fireplace.

If you’re getting ready to enjoy your gas logs or gas fireplace this fall, don’t forget your fireplace and chimney maintenance! Gas log or gas fireplace maintenance ensures that your fireplace will work safely and efficiently this winter. Do you have questions about the proper care or maintenance of your gas logs or gas fireplace? Perhaps you’re ready to upgrade your fireplace with a new set of gas logs or a gas fireplace insert? If so, talk to the experts at FireSide Hearth & Home today!

Maintaining Your Gas Logs

One of the biggest benefits to heating your hearth with a gas log set? Gas logs are an extremely low-maintenance appliance. However, it is important to remember that “low maintenance” doesn’t mean “no maintenance.” There are a few things you should do each year to keep your gas fireplace logs burning efficiently and looking good.

Professional cleaning and inspection.

As with any combustion appliance, your gas logs should be cleaned and inspected annually by a fireplace professional. In addition, preferably by one who has experience with the brand and type of gas logs you use. Your chimney service technician will clean the logs and hearth. Also, they check all working components of the gas logs. This includes the pilot light, ignition, millivolt generator, gas connection, valves, and burner.

If your gas logs are vented, the chimney technician also should examine and clean any vents. This is to ensure that they are free from soot or other blockages that could compromise the safe or efficient burning of your gas log set. Finally, your chimney technician will alert you to any deficiencies in your fireplace system, Deficiencies such as a breakdown of your gas logs, chimney, or hearth. Everything from your logs to your firebox panels to your chimney vents are susceptible to break down over time. In addition, weaknesses in any of these components could pose a safety risk. Consequently, this will diminish the efficiency of your gas log set.

Cleaning your gas logs.

In between professional cleanings, you might want to clean your gas logs yourself. Particularly if you notice dust or soot building up on the logs. Fortunately, cleaning your gas logs is a relatively quick and easy task. Just be sure that you are careful when handling the logs, as they are fragile and can break.

To clean the firebox, fit your vacuum cleaner with the brush attachment and clear away any dust, cobwebs or other debris. For components that are small enough to be sucked up by the vacuum hose, such as lava rocks, place them in cheesecloth or a similar porous material before vacuuming.

Take the gas logs themselves outside to avoid getting any soot on your flooring or furniture. Use a soft paintbrush to sweep away any soot or dust particles. If there is some staining that won’t sweep away with a brush, you can use a gentle soap mixed with water to try to remove the stain. Rinse away any soap to avoid streaking.

As you clean your fireplace logs and firebox, be on the lookout for any signs of excessive wear or deterioration. If you notice that your logs or fireplace components are breaking down, you should call in a professional. They will examine your set to make sure it is still in good working order.

Replacing your gas logs.

When it does come time to replace your old gas log set, call the fireplace experts at FireSide Hearth & Home. We can help you select a new gas log set that will warm your hearth for years to come!

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