Who doesn’t like getting cozy in front of the calming, warm flicker of a gas fireplace with a steaming mug hot chocolate? As you wait in anticipation to make this vision a reality, you might want to learn a bit about how the gas fireplace installation actually works.
Here’s an inside scoop into the process to help you avoid the common pitfalls that can sometimes delay the installation.
Step 1: Pick the Right Gas Fireplace
The first step is to choose a gas fireplace that will fit your home and needs perfectly. There are 3 main types of gas fireplaces you can choose from:
Freestanding stove: These are designed to replace existing wood stoves, and can be installed without any previous infrastructure.
Zero-clearance: These are perfect for you if you are building a brand new house or renovating your home. A zero-clearance fireplace is built from scratch right into the wall.
Gas insert: Since these are installed into an existing masonry fireplace, your house must have an already-built chimney so the firebox can be put in. This option involves installing gas lines and aluminum chimney liners.
Step 2: Choose a Venting Option
Once you’ve picked the fireplace, you will need to select the venting system to go with it. Again, there are 3 types of venting systems when it comes to gas fireplaces:
Vent-free: As the name suggests, these fireplaces use no venting at all.
Direct vent: This is the most popular option as it can be installed in any corner, in any direction.
Natural vent: If you have a chimney, a natural vent might be the best option for your home.
Step 3: Get an Estimate
Once you have picked out the fireplace and the venting, the installation team will give you an estimate after inspecting your home. This estimate will include:
- Cost of labor
- Model of the fireplace and list of materials to be installed
- Payment terms and mode
Next, you will need to pick a date and time for the installation guys to come in and do their thing.
Step 4: The Installation Process
Depending on the gas fireplace you bought, the installation will vary. But some basic steps are always the same. For example, the technicians will always begin by cleaning the area and making sure there is no clutter around and everything meets the safety code.
Then they will go over the project with you and address any concerns or questions. Most professional and experienced technicians cover the workspace with plastic sheets or drop cloths for easy cleanup later. Once your floors are protected, they will set up the ladders and other equipment.
Finally, the gas line and venting will be installed. This step will be followed by installation of firebox. If you have chosen any decorative elements for your gas fireplace, this is when the technicians will set them up as well. The final step involves testing for any leaks and firing up the fireplace for one last inspection.
Before they go, the technicians will explain the functions of the fireplace to you and clean up their work area.