Last week we looked at caring for wood burning fireplaces. This week it's the gas fireplace's turn. GasFireplaces.org has some helpful tips for keeping the fireplaces clean and in good working order.
1. Once a month, whether you have used your fireplace or not, clean your unit’s glass on both sides with a glass cleaner. This will help prevent the glass from becoming cloudy. If left uncleaned for a long period of time, this cloudy effect may become permanent quality of the glass, preventing you from enjoying the full effect of your fire.
2. While the glass door is opened, visually check and see if there is any dust, dirt, or spider-web buildup inside your fireplace. If so, gently clean the buildup away.
3. Then, make sure the glass door is fit securely. You can do this by checking all of the bolts that hold the door in place and making sure that they are fastened tightly. Replace or tighten any loose materials immediately. This will help prevent carbon monoxide from coming into your home while your fireplace is in operation.
4. During this monthly cleaning, check if the gasket is cracked or is missing pieces. The gasket should be located either on the glass door or outside around the firebox. Check your owner’s manual for the exact location. If the gasket is damaged in any way, get it replaced immediately.
5. Finally, if your gas fireplace is vented, check your unit's outside vent. Scan and see if there is any debris like leaves or nests in or around the vent. If you do find something, carefully remove the debris to be sure that your fireplace runs smoothly. If the vent is damaged, be sure to replace or repair it.
6. It's also a great idea to have your fireplace inspected once a year to make sure there are no leaks and that it is working properly.