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Do Gas Appliances Need To Be Serviced? Here’s What You Need To Know…
So you decided to treat yourself and get a gas fireplace, stove, or insert. Finally, relaxation is as easy as pushing a button and kicking off your shoes. It’s about time, right?
But what about service? Do you still need to call your local chimney sweep every year, or is that just something from your past life with wood?
If you’re a little confused about what you need to do to upkeep your gas fireplace, stove, or log set, you’re not alone. Many homeowners switch to gas with the idea that they won’t have to do any maintenance.
But is that really true?
Let’s take a look…
- Will you have to clean out ash every time you use your gas-burning appliance? No, because there won’t be any.
- Will you have to schedule a chimney sweeping appointment every year if your gas unit is vented through a chimney (i.e. you have gas logs or a gas insert)? Probably not. The reason being that gas appliances don’t produce the level of soot and creosote that wood-burning fireplaces do, so there’s not much to clean.
But gas appliances do require some light maintenance and service. Here’s what you’ll need to do to keep your gas appliance working as safely and as efficiently as it should…
#1 Schedule Annual Inspections
Just like any other venting system, your gas-burning system will need to be inspected annually to ensure that everything is functioning properly and safely. If something isn’t working correctly, you’ll want to know ASAP, because dangerous gas could be leaking back into your home if something’s wrong.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a very real threat, and this odorless, colorless, tasteless gas has no red flags for homeowners. Exposure can be deadly, and signs of poisoning can be very similar to flu symptoms — which means you might just assume you’re coming down with something and think nothing more of it.
So make annual inspections a priority in your home. Our NFI-Certified chimney sweeps and gas technicians will thoroughly check the unit, venting components, and gas connection, and make sure the system is working safely and is up to code.
If any repairs or other gas services are needed, we can take care of those as well.
#2 Have Components Cleaned
Here’s the thing: gas fireplaces and gas log sets don’t produce the soot and creosote that wood-burning appliances do, but they still get dirty.
Pet hair, dust, and moisture from combustion can settle in and on the different components, which is why some routine cleaning is needed.
During a gas appliance service, we’ll clean the components in the fireplace or log set and make sure things are ready for the next fire.
Here at Wright’s Hearth, Heat & Home, we take care of it all. We even install gas appliances, so if you’re looking to upgrade, we can make sure things are done right.
A Note On Carbon Monoxide Detectors
One thing you should make sure of if you have any gas appliances is that you have a carbon monoxide detector installed on every floor of your home, especially in the hall leading to any bedrooms.
A carbon monoxide detector is not solely used for gas log sets or gas fireplaces. It’s important to have in your home because so many household appliances can produce carbon monoxide, a potentially deadly gas.
If you have a gas-powered heating appliance, a carbon monoxide detector is a must —it can save your life, your family’s lives, and your pets’ lives, too.
If you have vent-free (also called unvented) gas logs in your home, the potential for carbon monoxide to build up is even greater than if you have vented gas logs or a vented gas fireplace.
Why? Because vented gas logs and vented fireplaces allow the noxious gases to vent through your chimney or vent pipe and out of your home, while unvented appliances have no way of removing CO2 from the home.
But, be advised — just because you have a vented gas unit doesn’t mean the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning is eliminated.
If your chimney or chimney cap is blocked by leaves, twigs, animal nests, or soot buildup (For example, if you didn’t have your wood-burning chimney cleaned before having a gas insert or gas log set installed), CO2 can still potentially fill up your home and threaten your safety.
So no matter what type of gas appliance you have, make carbon monoxide detectors and annual inspections a must in your home.
When’s The Best Time To Schedule Gas System Inspections & Service?
The best time of the year to get your gas system inspected and serviced is before the fall. That way, we can fix anything that needs to be fixed and make sure your gas appliance is ready to go when the nights start getting cooler here in the Asheville area. And, you won’t have to wait!
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Our Licensed & Certified Gas Experts Are Reliable, Knowledgeable & Ready To Help
When it comes to gas, there’s no messing around. You need to know what you’re doing for the safety of the home and those inside. So don’t call someone without the experience and training needed to do the job right.
Trust your gas appliance service, installation, and gas piping to the NFI-Certified techs and licensed gas piper here at Wright’s. We’ll make sure everything is installed and maintained to the highest standards.
Call 828-687-9002 or fill out our online appointment request form to schedule your annual gas appliance service today.