3 Things To Check Before Firing Up Your Gas Fireplace For The Season
As the cooler weather starts to set in, you may be anxious to fire up and relax by your home's gas fireplace. Before you start it the first time for the season, however, check the following three things to ensure it is working safely and properly.
Check The Logs For Signs Of Deterioration
Before starting up your fireplace, check the ceramic logs for any signs of deterioration. While they do not burn like wood, the intense heat from repeated use can cause cracks or chips, especially on the bottom of the logs. As the material breaks away from the surface, bits and pieces could block the vents or burner, creating a potential for fumes to escape into your room.
Remove the logs and carefully inspect the surface. If you do see any damaged areas, the logs will need to be replaced before you can safely turn on the unit. If the logs are in good shape, however, position them inside the grate according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Inspect The Vents For Dust And Clogs
Once you have checked the logs, inspect the vents for dust, cobwebs or any other obstacles that could clog up the openings. While gas fireplaces do not create smoke or creosote like a traditional, wood-burning variety, ventilation is important for preventing the buildup of gas fumes.
Remove any clogs in the vents, then use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove the dust. Wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove any dust particles you are unable to see.
Look For Signs Of Rust On The Gas Valves And Pipes
After checking the vents, turn your attention to the gas valves and pipes leading to the fireplace. There should be no signs of rust, as this could be a sign that the metal has deteriorated to the point that gas could leak out.
If you do see areas of rust, use a small piece of fine-grit sandpaper to lightly sand the area. If you are able to remove the rust and see no signs of damage to the metal itself, the oxidation is likely only on the surface. However, if metal chips off while sanding the surface, the valve or pipe should be repaired or replaced before use.
Checking the above items on your fireplace can assure you that you can safely operate it. For more information, contact Casual Living & Patio Center or a similar company.