How to Maintain Gas Logs

Wake Forest NC heat repairThe spring weather brings warmer days and cold nights. Having a gas fireplace in your home is a great way to keep the chill out of your home without having to run the furnace. However, keeping your gas fireplace and logs in top shape is key to operating your fireplace safely this spring. With a few simple DIY steps, you can keep your gas logs safe and ready to go. If you need affordable Wake Forest NC heat repair, please call Choice HVAC. Ask for a free estimate.

Before you begin, be sure to turn the gas valve off and ensure that the fireplace is completely cool. You'll need to remove the decorative front from the fireplace carefully. The glass assembly will also need to be removed according to your owner's manual. In many fireplaces, the glass is held in place by spring latches. These latches should move smoothly, without binding. If this is not the case, you may need to call for a professional to help you so that the glass doesn't get damaged or broken.

Once you have removed the glass, clean it thoroughly and inspect it for scratches. Scratches on the glass can cause a reduction in the strength of the glass and could lead to glass failure during the heating or cooling cycle of your fireplace. Do not use your fireplace if the glass shows any signs of damage until the glass can be replaced. Do not use abrasive cleaners to clean the glass. This can etch the glass and contribute to glass failure as well. Always use a soft cloth and the cleaning products recommended by your owner's manual. Inspect the glass assembly and the seal around the combustion chamber for any damage that could lead to a carbon monoxide leak.

Clean and inspect the inside of the firebox. Remove dust from the logs by using your household vacuum wand or a soft-bristled paintbrush. Check the pilot light for signs of rust, flaking, or soot buildup. If you are unsure about the appearance of a component, call Choice Heating and Air Conditioning for service. The outside of the firebox should be wiped down with a soft, damp cloth and any soot or dust should be vacuumed away.

As you reassemble the firebox, check all the parts one more time for damage. When placing the glass back in, be sure that all the tension clips and the seal are tight and that there are no gaps around the edges of the glass. Be sure to turn the gas valve inside the fireplace on before replacing the glass.

Once you turn the fireplace on again, it should light smoothly and easily. If it does not, turn off the gas to the fireplace and call Choice Heating and Air Conditioning for service. With our upfront pricing guarantee, you'll know exactly how much your repairs will be before work begins.

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