A gas log fireplace insert is one that is inserted into an existing fireplace. This type of fireplace uses gas that when ignited provides heat in the fireplace. This eliminated the need for wood or wood pellets as fuel for the fireplace. It also provides a cleaner burning fireplace that is easier to maintain and have in your home.
The gas log fireplace insert should be maintained and kept up in accordance with the manufacturer's directions. Typically a set of care instructions are provided with the fireplace insert at the time of purchase and installation. These instructions are provided to show you as the owner of the fireplace the way in which you can get the optimal use of the gas log fireplace insert.
There are many things that should be done as part of your regular maintenance schedule for your gas log fireplace insert. Among those things that should be done on a regular basis in maintaining your fireplace insert includes:
- Cleaning the gas pilots and burners
- Checking to make sure that the gas pilot safety system is working properly
- Make sure that the ignition and combustion are working as designed
- Check regularly the chimney draw and combustion vents for the gas log fireplace insert
- Inspect the door gaskets to ensure that they are working properly
- Paint the fireplace firebox if needed
- Clean the glass to the fireplace doors
- Clean the exterior part of the fireplace
- If there is a fan, check to make sure that it is operating properly
Each of the these maintenance steps will help keep your gas log fireplace insert operating as designed for a long time.
Annual Inspection and Safety Check
You should have the fireplace and inert checked out by a National Fireplace Institute safety inspector at least once during the year. Usually this inspection should take place around September, just before the start of the cold season. This inspection and safety check will ensure that your gas log fireplace insert is operating efficiently and that there are no problems or issues that are present or in need of addressing.
Performing Regular Maintenance
Most of the maintenance routine for your gas log fireplace insert can be performed by you on a regular or periodic basis. It is important to set up a schedule of regular maintenance routines to be performed as a checklist and maintain a list of those activities performed and the date upon which the task was completed. Maintaining a schedule and documenting the process as you go along will give the safety inspector something to go on when determining how well the fireplace is being used and reduce the amount of time needed to complete the inspection.
The cost for failing to not properly maintain your gas log fireplace insert can be as high as replacing it in its entirety. Before it gets to the point where you will need to spend thousands of dollars and to fix or replace your gas log fireplace insert, performing a few simple tasks regularly will save you money.