Gas Fireplace: Summer Checklist – Many people enjoy the luxury of a gas fireplace warming their home with the flick of a switch all winter. Now that summer is upon us, here is your checklist to make sure it’s safe while not in use and ready to heat again this fall.
Gas fireplace: Summer checklist
1) Turn off the pilot light: Not only will it save you money by turning off the pilot light and resulting constant gas connection, but it will help maintain the fireplace and keep it in optimal condition. Keeping the pilot light on when not in use wastes an average of $7 to $10 per month.
The constant flame can also cause an unsightly white sulfur film to build up, making it difficult to clear when it’s ready to use in the fall.
To turn off the pilot light, open the front cover below the fireplace. Turn the pilot light knob to the “off” position. Then, turn off the fireplace’s gas shut-off valve.
2) Schedule a fireplace inspection: Make an appointment for an annual inspection and maintenance. This includes having a professional inspect the unit to make sure everything is mounted properly, and connections are secure.
Additionally, the ceramic or cement logs will be inspected to ensure there are no cracks. The gas ignition will be checked to ensure there are no leaks and the interior of the fireplace is often vacuumed to remove dust and debris.
Lastly, the chimney will be inspected for safety. An annual gas fireplace inspection typically costs between $100-200 and gives owners confidence in the safety of using it and extends the life of the fireplace by keeping it in top condition.
3) Check carbon monoxide detectors: If there are not carbon monoxide detectors in your house, this is an absolute necessity to purchase and install before using the gas fireplace again.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas and it can make occupants of the home sick when present. High levels of carbon monoxide can lead to poisoning which can include the following symptoms: headache, fatigue, confusion, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, weakness, heart palpitations and even death.
Any fuel burning appliance has the potential to release toxic levels of carbon monoxide making a detector absolutely necessary. There are wall mounted options and plug in options available. For a list of the top ten carbon monoxide detectors, visit Buyer’s Guide’s top ten list here.
For more information about maintaining your gas fireplace, or for other heating and cooling needs, contact us at Pilchuck Heating.
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