One of the best things about winter is curling up next to the fire with a good book and a warm beverage, but just like any other piece of home comfort equipment, your fireplace needs to be maintained. It can be hard to know when your gas fireplace needs maintenance, which is why we’ve broken down a few of the most common signs that it’s time to call a professional to service your unit.
Switching On and Off
This is one of the more obvious signs that your fireplace needs maintenance, and it can be extremely frustrating. It can be caused by something as simple as dirt and carbon build-up or more complicated issues like a bad thermocouple or thermopile. Regardless of what the cause is, never attempt to fix this problem on your own.
Pilot Light Problems
If your pilot light refuses to stay lit, you can refer to the manual for some troubleshooting tips. If it refuses to stay lit after you’ve followed the instructions, it is a sure sign that you need to call for professional fireplace maintenance.
Rotten Egg Smell
Not only is the smell of rotten eggs unpleasant, but it is also a clear indication of danger. This odour emits from gas that fuels your fireplace so that you can detect a gas leak, seeing as you won’t be able to see it. If you smell rotten eggs when you are near your gas fireplace you should evacuate your home immediately and call 911, so they can safely handle the situation. Under no circumstances should you attempt to fix this problem by yourself.
With wood fireplaces, soot build-up is a natural result of the smoke from the burning wood. An accumulation of soot in your gas fireplace is a sign that something is very wrong, and you need to call for professional fireplace maintenance. It could be a result of the interior of your fireplace, the logs and media, or the outdoor venting restricting the exhaust, but regardless of what the cause is, it is an indication that something is not working properly.
Wear & Tear
Gas fireplaces are designed to last for a long time, but they are subject to wear and tear just like anything else. As your unit gets older, it’s important to have it maintained by a professional periodically to avoid any damaged components and connections that could put you at risk.
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