Gas fireplaces may be easier to clean as their wood-burning counterparts, but they need care and maintenance, nevertheless. In this post, Batts’ Chimney Services takes a look at how gas fireplaces are kept clean, and how often it should be done.
Gas Fireplace Maintenance
One of the key advantages of gas fireplaces is they produce heat without leaving ash in the firebox — it doesn’t need to be emptied everyday. Like a gas-burning cooktop, gas fireplaces do not produce smoke, which means the vented and direct-vent varieties can be used for longer periods of time without worrying about clogging. You can even choose a vent-free gas fireplace that can be used without the need of a firebox — when in use, it looks like a pile of logs burning openly in the room. In contrast, wood-burning fireplaces produce soot and creosote that can clog the chimney flue if not regularly cleaned and maintained. That is not to say that gas fireplaces do not need maintenance; they do. If neglected, vents can become clogged, increasing the risk of carbon monoxide buildup in the house.
How Often Should Gas Fireplaces Be Cleaned?
Ideally, gas fireplaces should be cleaned once a year or as prescribed by the manufacturer. In addition to cleaning and general heating system maintenance, you need to make sure that the areas around the fireplace are not blocked by furniture and other objects. Gas requires air for combustion, therefore blocking the areas can impact efficiency.
Is It Okay to Clean Your Own Gas Fireplace?
Given its low maintenance requirements, it’s easy to keep your gas fireplace clean. All you need is a soft microfiber cloth, fireplace glass cleaner, and the appropriate type of cleaning brush as prescribed by the manufacturer. However, having your gas fireplace cleaned by a professional will get you the best results, and not just because it’s convenient — fireplace professionals inspect other parts of your heating system and let you know if preventative actions, like repairs, will need to be done.
Batts’ Chimney Services offers comprehensive cleaning services for gas fireplaces and chimneys. Give us a call today at (205) 956-8207 or (256) 660-1338. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.