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3 Safety-Enhancing Gas Fireplace Maintenance Tips

3 Safety-Enhancing Gas Fireplace Maintenance Tips

Gas fireplaces require less maintenance than wood-burning fireplaces. However, like any other area of the home, your gas fireplace's components will eventually collect dust, dirt and other residue. This debris buildup can fog up your fireplace's glass or result in strange smells or safety issues.

Fortunately, you can keep your gas fireplace looking, smelling and performing great year-round with regular maintenance. Before cleaning your gas fireplace, follow these general safety tips:

  • Turn the fireplace, pilot light and gas valve off and let the fireplace cool completely.
  • Wear adequate eye protection and heat-resistant work gloves while cleaning the fireplace.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's recommended cleaning and maintenance instructions.

From there, you can follow these tips from our skilled professionals.

1. Clean the Fireplace

Remove the fireplace's glass panel and place it on a soft surface. Using a microfiber cloth and a fireplace cleaner that won't leave a chemical residue, clean both sides of the glass. While the glass dries, remove the fireplace's interior components, including the vented gas logs. Gently remove soot buildup from the components with a soft-bristled brush before screwing them back into place.

Once you have finished cleaning and reinstalling the gas fireplace's interior components, reinsert the glass panel. To clean your fireplace's exterior, gently dust the louvers. If your fireplace has no louvers, inspect the air vents before reinstalling the front glass panel.

2. Replace Remote Batteries

If you use a remote to operate your gas fireplace, remember to replace the batteries periodically. Fresh remote batteries ensure you can turn your fireplace off quickly during emergencies. Replace your remote batteries at least twice yearly or whenever you replace your home's smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries.

3. Schedule an Annual Inspection

In addition to regular maintenance and cleaning, you should schedule an annual inspection with a licensed gas service provider. These factory-trained professionals can thoroughly clean your fireplace, inspect its ventilation, and check for gas leaks or any other safety concerns that could put you and your family at risk. 

Contact Keystone's Fireplace & Stove for Gas Fireplace Maintenance

If you would prefer to have a professional clean your gas fireplace, turn to Keystone's Fireplace & Stove. Our experienced technicians are factory-trained to clean and maintain various hearth appliances. Our crew is also certified by the National Fireplace Institute (NFI) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). We stay current with local safety codes to ensure your fireplace is safe to use and performs at peak efficiency.

Call us to learn more about our gas fireplace maintenance services or schedule an appointment online today!

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