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Do Gas Fireplaces Need an Annual Tune-Up?

December 13th, 2019

Mother Daughter Gas Fireplace in Background

The holiday season is when your gas fireplace gets more attention than any other time. After all, you and your family will want to warm up by the fire as the temperature plunges!

An annual tune-up is an essential part of keeping a gas fireplace running comfortably and safely. The best time to do it is just before the heavy period of use in winter – but even if you’ve missed out, there’s never a wrong time to make sure it’s working the way it should.

Here’s why it matters:

1. A Tune-Up Makes Your Fireplace Safer

First and foremost, a tune-up will keep your fireplace safe. Maintenance is what gives a fireplace the pristine safety record you want. There are several safety concerns a maintenance pro will check into. All the key components will be inspected and tested.

2. Maintenance Can Make It More Efficient

Efficiency is a major watchword these days. A more efficient fireplace will save you money, keep your more comfortable, and reduce your carbon footprint. A tune-up ensures the fireplace won’t have to work harder to reach your target temperature, thus reducing energy usage.

3. You Can Count on a Warmer Winter

Not surprisingly, being used more often raises a fireplace’s risk of having an issue. It’s no fun to have your gas fireplace suddenly stop working when you need it most. With a proactive annual tune-up, it’s more likely to last through the winter – and you’ll reduce your risk of costly repairs.

What Happens During a Gas Fireplace Tune-Up?

An experienced professional can complete a tune-up within 1-2 hours. In that time, major parts of the fireplace will be inspected and cleaned. The glass, logs, and combustion chamber are checked first, followed by the burner and pilot parts.

The log grate, burner assembly, pilot, and burner orifices will be cleaned, with parts temporarily removed as needed. The fan and blower assembly, switches, control bay, and shutters will be checked along with the thermopile output voltage.

Many experienced maintenance teams have a checklist of items they go through in a particular order. Parts are methodically removed, cleaned, replaced, and tested. If any problems are found, you’ll be informed about needed repairs or replacements.

We make it easy for you to get your fireplace in top condition fast. Contact us to find out more or schedule your annual tune-up.

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