Preparing Your Gas Fireplace for Fall and Winter
If you have a propane gas fireplace or hearth, congratulations – you’ve got yourself a living room centerpiece, an efficient space heater, and off-the-grid heat source in one stunning, easy-to-use package.
But your propane hearth only gets to wear all of those hats if it is working properly. Here are seven things you should do before using your propane this heating season:
- Re-read your owner’s manual – If you haven’t used your gas fireplace in a while, review the operating instructions before you set it up for the season. PLEASE NOTE: If your owner’s manual includes different guidelines than the ones we list below, please follow your manufacturer’s instructions.
- Clear the fireplace vent – Debris that blocks your fireplace vent should be removed before it can create a fire or carbon monoxide risk in your home. Watch for any cobwebs, sticks, leaves, or pests that have found a home in your vent.
- Check for chips and cracks in your fireplace insert – The glass casing of your propane fireplace insert isn’t just pretty – it helps contain carbon monoxide emissions. Check it for defects before you start up your hearth.
- Clean your log set – Dust can accumulate on the ceramic logs of your propane fireplace log set during the offseason; the dust isn’t dangerous, but it could cause an unpleasant burning smell when you start a fire.
Two important things to remember when cleaning your propane log set:
- Always close your propane gas valve before cleaning
- Always return your logs to their EXACT position after cleaning; logs that are not positioned properly can cause carbon buildup and damage your fireplace. Consider photographing the logs before you remove them to remember how they are positioned.
Once you remove the logs, clear dust with a handheld vacuum and replace broken logs.
- Clean out your blower – If your propane hearth has an electric blower, clear away any dust with a stiff bristled brush. If dust falls into the mechanism as you brush, vacuum it up after you finish cleaning the blower.
- Check your pilot light – If your fireplace has a pilot light, inspect it visually; if you see loose wires, contact us for service. If you don’t see any issues, test the pilot light; if you encounter a problem, contact us for service.
- Schedule a tune-up – Gas fireplaces require a professional inspection at least once a year to identify problems such as gas leaks and broken sensors, and generally to keep the equipment running as safely and efficiently as possible.
Cool nights are coming to Hudson Valley – make sure your gas fireplace is ready for the challenge! Contact us today to schedule maintenance for your propane gas fireplace or fireplace insert – or to keep the fire going ail fall and winter long with reliable propane gas delivery anywhere in our service area.