Gas Fireplace Safety Maintenance Tips
Gas fireplaces require routine maintenance and service to ensure maximum efficiency and safety. The best person to perform the service is a specialty retailer who is trained in maintaining gas fireplaces.
Here are a couple of things you can look into before or with the maintenance worker:
- Clean and adjust the glowing embers and logs and clean the glass for best appearance.
- Clean the fan and related air circulation passages. Check the batteries in the carbon monoxide detector.
- Ensure the vents are unobstructed and able to do their job. All hearth products, not just fireplaces, need to be maintained and operated properly in order to function safely and perform at their best.
To fully understand the necessary steps involved in proper operation, read the manufacturer’s instruction manual for the hearth product and consult with a local specialty retailer for input and guidance.
Professional installation by a qualified technician is essential to the performance and safety of a hearth product and its venting system.
To verify if an installer is certified, contact the National Fireplace Institute (NFI) at www.nficertified.org, or to verify factory training, use the hearth product manufacturer directory at www.hpba.org for contact information.