When Should You Replace Or Repair a Gas Fireplace?
One of the best ways to ensure your gas fireplace will keep you warm through the fall and winter seasons is to have it maintained on a regular basis. Even if your fireplace has been in use for years, there may be components that are aging or no longer functional. You’ll need to know what to check for and when to replace those aging components.
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First, you should get a good idea of how your fireplace works. If you have a standing pilot model, for example, you’ll want to look at the flames and the pilot light. Usually, you’ll see a central flame that’s surrounded by a white/blue base, with solid yellow tips. Aside from the flames, you’ll need to check the gas burner and safety screen.
Another thing to check for is the temperature of the surrounding area. If your unit is equipped with a thermocouple, it will be able to monitor the temperature of the gas and trigger the fire if necessary. However, if your device does not have one, you’ll need to find a replacement.
It’s not uncommon for people to neglect their fireplace. Although some gas fireplaces have a built-in sensor that will turn off the gas supply if the pilot light isn’t engulfed, this isn’t the only way to make sure your appliance is functioning properly.
As mentioned, there are many different kinds of fireplaces, so they each have varying guidelines for maintenance and repair. Knowing when to replace or repair your gas fireplace can save you a lot of money and time in the long run.
While the old saying “you get what you pay for” can’t be ignored, there are instances where it’s smart to save a little money. For instance, replacing older parts with new ones is often a better deal. Also, if you’re unsure whether your fireplace can be repaired or replaced, consider consulting with a professional. Oftentimes, a professional can provide a cost-effective, no-obligation estimate.
If you own a glass door or a panel, be on the lookout for the soot-maneuvering. Specifically, you’ll want to check the vents for buildup. This may also be a good time to check the gas lines and the valves.
You may have noticed a strange smell in your home. Depending on the cause, this could be the result of a gas leak. Before you call a plumber, you can try cleaning out the fireplace to see if that solves the problem.
However, if you don’t want to risk your home or your safety, it’s best to hire a qualified professional to handle the job. Plumbing professionals have the knowledge and equipment to identify the source of the smell. They’ll also be able to fix any natural gas leaks that occur.
Lastly, you’ll want to check the fireplace’s thermostat. Some models have a digital clock that can tell you when the fireplace is at its most efficient. In addition, you should also take note of how often you need to switch on the gas.