Keeping your heating equipment tuned-up can help assure its long life and effectiveness. Here are some fireplace tune-up tips for St. George Utah.
A yearly tune-up for your gas fireplace should be done by a professional and can run anywhere from about one hundred dollars to about one hundred and fifty dollars. Although it might be possible to add an annual tune-up to the cost of your repair plan for a few dollars a month (Fireplace Tune-up and Safety Check) Failure to have a professional tune-up your gas fireplace could mean voiding the warranty.
- A tune-up of your gas fireplace should include a range of services and cleaning leaving your fireplace working like new again. A fireplace tune-up should include most if not all of the following:
- Blower wheel: should be checked and cleaned if accessible and in need of cleaning.
- Glass: the glass should be cleaned, although this might require a special cleaner, be sure to ask your technician.
- Burners: should be cleaned and vacuumed, your technician might also be able to replace the decorative material (such as embers or plastic logs) if they are looking dingy.
- Pilot: should be checked and cleaned
- Combustion chamber: this chamber might or might not need to be cleaned
- Gas log: the condition of this log should be checked
- System wiring: it is very important to have this checked for deterioration and replaced if necessary.
- Ignition: it is possible to have the ignition recalibrated for improved performance.
- Thermocouple/powerpile: the operation of the thermocouple/ powerpile should be checked
- Safeties: the condition of the safeties should be checked to make sure that they are still operational
- Gas valve: should be tested for adequate operation, and accuracy. You want to be able to control the flow of gas properly.
- Venting: the vents should provide proper air flow, and should be clean and unblocked.
- Thermostat/remote: the Thermostat and the remote, if there is a remote, should be checked for accuracy and proper operation.
- Main burner combustion: the main burner should be examined to make sure that it is operating safely
- Carbon monoxide (CO): Carbon monoxide is a dangerous colorless and odorless gas that is a product of combustion. Carbon monoxide can be deadly at high concentrations. The technician should check for dangerous levels of carbon monoxide near your fireplace at the time of the tune-up. It is also extremely advisable to get a carbon monoxide detector and install it in your home.
Yearly tune-ups by a professional that touches on most, if not all, of these points will keep your fireplace looking and working beautifully for years to come only a professional has the proper tools and the knowledge to maintain your gas fireplace. It may even void your warranty to not tune your gas fireplace up or to do-it-yourself.