Why Gas Fireplaces Need to be Serviced
Gas fireplaces are highly convenient, though annual servicing is important. Many people relate chimney services to messy deposits of creosote associated with wood-burning appliances, not realizing that gas fireplaces also need routine maintenance to ensure continued safe operation. Details follow indicating why gas fireplaces and chimneys need to be serviced.
Experts Recommend Annual Gas Fireplace Services
Gas fireplaces are neat and tidy, yet annual gas fireplace cleaning and chimney inspections are just as important as they are for wood-fueled heating appliances. The reasons differ but routine chimney and gas fireplace services are crucial, according to experts at the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), which is a leading fire safety organization.
What Does Gas Fireplace Cleaning Involve?
It can be dangerous to neglect gas fireplace maintenance. When a professional cleans and inspects your gas fireplace, all components are carefully checked and cleaned. Including, but not limited to, each of the following:
- Glass door
- Pilot light
- Chimney connection
If you don’t schedule regular gas fireplace servicing, potential results include the following:
- Your gas fireplace could consume more gas than necessary.
- Carbon monoxide could seep into your home.
- Your gas fireplace could stop working.
Why a Chimney Inspection for my Gas Fireplace?
Proper venting of the exhaust from a gas fireplace is essential. The appliances do not cause soot deposits, but a serious threat is caused by deposits of corrosive substances. The problem arises largely because modern gas appliances are highly efficient, which means the heat goes into the home instead of up the chimney. Warmth is needed in the chimney, however, because the draft depends on warm air rising. If the chimney walls are not warm enough, it is normal for incomplete combustion and condensation of flue gases to occur.
Incomplete combustion can result in the production of carbon monoxide fumes, which are potentially deadly. If the draft is weak, there is a threat of carbon monoxide entering the home.
Moisture condensation inside chimneys can be highly corrosive, eating away at chimney liners as well as brick and mortar. Annual chimney inspections are important because a special camera can be used to determine whether corrosion has occurred and damaged the chimney liner.
Signs of Problems with Venting for a Gas Fireplace
It is not always apparent that the venting system for a gas fireplace is experiencing problems. The following are some signs that corrosion is occurring:
- Blistered paint
- Crumbling bricks
- Eroded mortar joints
- Peeling wallpaper
- Damp patches on exterior or interior walls
- Stains on the ceiling near the chimney
One solution for condensation in the chimney is to install an insulated liner of the correct size for the appliance. This is an upgrade that improves the draft by resizing the flue, minimizes condensation, and helps to ensure that surrounding masonry is protected from the acidic byproducts of condensation.
Visit Yankee Doodle for a New Gas Fireplace
Yankee Doodle in Wilton CT offers a wide range of styles in gas fireplaces and other hearth appliances, and many can be seen in operation every day. Visit our destination showroom located at 848 Danbury Road. With gas fireplace professional installation, you can be confident of best installation practices to prevent the problem of corrosive condensation in the chimney. Visit Yankee Doodle today or call 203-544-8111 today to speak with a friendly expert.