So, you made the switch from wood to gas in your fireplace. There are some definite conveniences when you do this! You can have a fire going at the flip of a switch. Not to mention, you don’t have to go out and chop wood or spend money buying seasoned firewood. There’s a beautiful flame that’s nice to cuddle up in front of. Not only that, but they are relatively care free as well.
Generally speaking, gas logs don’t require a lot of maintenance. However, they can have some problems. One thing to watch out for is a gas smell. What’s the most likely cause of that gas smell? Usually, it’s due to the gas control knob on the log set not being turned off all the way. If this isn’t the source of the smell, you should turn off the main gas line that runs to the fireplace. This is to make sure there isn’t a gas leak. If you continue to smell gas, it may be a serious problem. That’s why you should call the gas company as soon as possible!
There are other things that may be causing your gas logs to work less than perfectly. Sometimes, for instance, the pilot light won’t light. Your pilot tubing makes a good spot for insects and spiders to build webs and nests. Therefore, it’s a good idea to keep that pilot light lit, especially if you live in the country. If your fireplace hasn’t been used in a while, you may have to purge the pilot tubing. Just hold the pilot button down for a few minutes. Afterwards, let the air bleed out and you shouldn’t have a problem getting it lit.
Getting Your Chimney Cleaned
One thing that many people with gas burning fireplaces don’t realize is that it’s still vented through the chimney system. This, in fact, means your chimney still needs to be inspected and cleaned on an annual basis! Your gas burning appliance can deposit certain corrosive substances, and that can cause a breakdown in your chimney venting system.
Your chimney will help generate a draft, so that your fire burns more efficiently. What if the chimney is too cool to create a good draft? Well, your gas burning appliance won’t run as efficiently. Unfortunately, it could also be producing excess carbon monoxide which isn’t being exhausted out through the chimney. This is a definite health risk!
Another problem with a cool chimney temperature? You will have a higher condensation of water vapor inside the chimney. When the water is being produced by your gas burning appliance, there will be components included that are acidic and corrosive. If your fireplace has been converted from wood burning, this water vapor will mix with sulfur deposits and will eat away at the brick and mortar of your chimney.
Call The Experts
As you can see, the most important thing you can do is hire the CSIA certified professionals from Old Dominion Chimneys to inspect and clean your chimney. Call today to set up your appointment!