Gas fireplaces and furnaces need annual maintenance to ensure safe and proper operation!
All of the components that make up a gas fireplace or a furnace need to be inspected, tested, adjusted, & cleaned annually in accordance with manufacturer specifications. This is to ensure that the unit is operating safely and efficiently. Different precautions have to be taken to ensure your fireplace is kept in top condition. There is a difference between maintaining a gas fireplace vs a traditional one. For a traditional fireplace, you need to clear away any ash that builds up and also install a Chimney Rain Cowl to help during rainy weather and storms. You don’t need to worry about this for gas fireplaces but there are things like gas levels that you need to be worried about.
A gas fireplace annual maintenance consists of: A series of inspections, tests, and adjustments to ensure the safe efficient operation of your gas fireplace Cleaning all components of your fireplace. Replace “Glowing Embers” which will enhance the flame and give your fireplace a warm and inviting glow. Touch up paint to parts that look worn, or dull.
A gas furnace maintenance consists of; Combustion analysis to get an accurate output efficiency reading of your furnace. This will ensure proper combustion set up and maximum efficiency of your furnace. Carbon monoxide test of the heat exchanger to ensure no cracks that would allow poisonous exhaust fumes into living area. This test is important because carbon monoxide is a colourless, odorless and extremely deadly gas. Standard filter replacement (16*24*1 high performance filter) or if your filter is reusable then a filter maintenance would be performed. Visual inspection of furnace and all furnace components. Low pressure test on your gas valve (as long as the valve is testable) or soapy solution leak detector test, to ensure you are leak free. Thorough cleaning of furnace and blower. (not ducts)
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas produced by gas fireplaces & furnaces that can seriously harm you & your family if not professionally handled & monitored.
Turning off your fireplace pilot light is never a good idea. A lit pilot prevents rust, as well as deters insects and spiders from building a nest inside of your venting.
Never use cleaning products containing ammonium to clean your fireplace glass. Ammonium reacts with the heat causing the glass to discolor.
Black soot is in a gas fireplace indicates that your fireplace isn’t burning properly. If you notice black soot anywhere in the firebox you should shut off your fireplace immediately and contact a qualified technician such as this Portland furnace cleaning specialist.