Gas fireplaces are so convenient and easy to use that sometimes it’s easy to forget that they need regular servicing and maintenance.
Do you need to service your gas fireplace unit?
There are two reasons, why you need to service your gas fireplace, and they are both big. Regular servicing will ensure that your gas fireplace stays in good working order for longer, effectively extending the life of your unit.
The second reason is even more important - regular servicing is critical in guaranteeing the safe operation of your unit and safety of your family. Gas fireplaces produce Carbon Monoxide as a by-product of generating heat. Not to be dramatic, but Carbon Monoxide is known as the Silent Killer, as you can’t smell it or see it, but it is damaging to health and potentially life-threatening. So… making sure that your gas fireplace unit isn’t leaking and is drafting the Carbon Monoxide gas away correctly is pretty important!
How often should you service?
Most manufacturers recommend servicing every two years, as do the government. Additionally if you have any concerns, call a technician out immediately.
What happens when your Gas Fireplace is serviced?
Servicing should be carried out by some one trained in your particular brand of Gas Fireplace, as each unit is slightly different. Your technician will take the unit apart: clean it thoroughly to remove any dust (this is key to increasing the units longevity); then run a series of tests to make sure everything is operating as it should; check the gas pressure of the unit, then clean the glass (so you can see your fire more clearly) and then reassemble.
There are different designs on the market, for example Heat & Glo Gas Fireplaces are a balanced flue gas fireplace. This means that the unit is completely sealed, so a critical part of testing is making sure that there is zero gas leakage into the room.
Then there are other brands, like Jetmaster, that have Natural Draft Flues. This means that the front of the unit is open, and the flue draws the fumes out of the room, venting into the open air outside. With this style of unit it’s really important to check that the flue is drawing correctly so that fumes are venting outside and not into the interior of the house.
Having a trained specialist carry out the maintenance is important to make sure that your Gas Fireplace is running as efficiently as possible and operating safely. They need to have the right training, testing gear and know-how to give you the peace of mind that everything is working as it should.
Are there any regular maintenance tasks for the home owner to carry out?
This really is the great thing about gas fireplaces, other than maybe having to change the batteries in your remote control every couple of years, or re-light a pilot light very, very occasionally; there really is nothing to do. How good is that?
We do strongly recommend you call out a service technician immediately, however, if the glass front of your fireplace becomes cracked for any reason.
Recommended Gas Fireplace Maintenance Companies
If it's been a while since you’ve had your gas fireplace serviced, we recommend the following companies:
For the Jetmaster brand of Gas Fireplaces
For the Heat n Glo brand of Gas Fireplaces