One of the biggest benefits offered by a gas fireplace is its low-maintenance, clean-burning design. However, just because these units are low maintenance does not mean they are no maintenance.
Gas fireplaces are a type of liquid fuel heating appliance. While they produce fewer contaminants than wood-burning units, some residue will develop, including creosote.
Since the residue from gasses can be so corrosive, proper maintenance and cleaning are necessary to keep things operating properly and efficiently. This will also increase the unit’s safety and prolong its useful life.
Cleaning gas logs is a time-consuming and tedious job that is not something most people look forward to. However, it is something you should do regularly. To do this, follow these steps.
Turn the Pilot Light Off
Find the pilot light for your gas fireplace and put it in the off position. Give the logs a few hours to cool off. You should contact a professional if you do not know how to operate the pilot light.
Take the Logs Out of the Unit
After the logs are cool, remove them from the fireplace. Some units come with logs that have delicate textures and hand-painted details, so they resemble real wood. Be careful that you don’t scratch or crack the surface. It may be a good idea to lay the logs on top of newspapers on the floor so you don’t drop them on the floor.
Clean the Logs
Use a lint-free, damp cloth to wipe the dust, carbon, and soot off the logs. You should do this at least one time per year. Make sure you don’t scratch the logs since they will not be usable if you do this.
You can also use a liquid gas log cleaner, making cleaning the logs easier. Just avoid using any household cleaner since the chemical residue may cause damage to the logs and expose you to harmful vapors.
Vacuum the Fireplace
Since you have taken the logs out of the fireplace, now is a good time to remove the dust and soot in the fireplace before putting the logs back inside. Be sure to clean all the components well, including the ignition and burner.
Inspect the Gas Logs
Before you put the logs back inside the fireplace, check them for signs of damage like cracks or scratches. If you notice damage on any of the logs, they should be replaced. If the logs are damaged, they will keep deteriorating and may fall apart or crack. This will create a mess inside your fireplace and could damage other parts.
Keeping Your Gas Fireplace Operating Efficiently
If you have a gas fireplace, you know how nice it can be to turn it on and have a warm, beautiful fire. However, these units do require cleaning and maintenance. Be sure to keep the tips above in mind, which will ensure that you keep your unit clean and working safely and efficiently for the colder months of the year.