As the seasons change, as it warms up outside, and as your fireplace becomes dormant until the fall, it is the perfect time to undergo yearly maintenance to ensure your fireplace, stove, or insert continues to work effectively for years to come!
Maintenance is essential for both the longevity of your fireplace and also for its safe operation. It is highly recommended that you contact a licensed gas service provider to conduct maintenance on your fireplace at least once per year. Maintenance on gas components should not be completed by the homeowner as damage to any of the gas components could be potentially dangerous. In addition a licensed gas inspector will be trained to inspect the venting as well checking for corrosion, excessive condensation, proper fittings and joint connections.
Contact your local Certified Regency Dealer to schedule a maintenance appointment. They will be able to make sure your unit is in perfect working condition and get it ready to keep you warm all season long!
Before cleaning anything make sure to:
- Turn off the fireplace completely, including the pilot light
- Allow adequate time for the fireplace to cool down
- Use eye protection and gloves
- Have your Regency manual on hand so you can refer to it for cleaning/removal/replacement instructions
Top 4 Gas Fireplace Maintenance Tasks:
1.Turn Off Pilot Light
If you have a standing pilot light (always lit) make sure you turn it off and give the unit enough time to cool down before servicing. Also during the warmer months turning your pilot off Standing Pilot mode is a great way to save money each month on your gas bill!
2. Clean Glass
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Remove your glass front according to the instructions in your owner’s manual, placing on a soft surface. Once removed clean both sides of the glass with a soft cloth and fireplace glass cleaner. Note: it is important to use fireplace glass cleaner as traditional glass cleaners can leave chemical residues on the glass that when the fireplace is restarted can create noxious smells or permanent damage to the glass.
3. Clean Airflow & Louvers
With a soft or microfiber cloth, wipe down the louvers of the unit to remove any dust or dirt that has built up over the year. If you unit does not have louvers you should visually inspect the air cavities to make sure they are clear of any obstructions or excessive dust buildup.
4. Wipe Down & Inspect Unit
With a damp cloth wipe down the exterior of the unit and inspect the paint. If the paint is peeling or bubbling in any spots it may be a sign that the fireplace is not operating correctly and that you will need to contact a professional gas fireplace installer to come further inspect the unit.
General Vent System Maintenance
Conducting an inspection of the venting system semi-annually is recommended to ensure it is clear from debris. A licensed gas service technician will inspect the vent system to make sure it is free from obstructions, is installed safely and securely, and is operating correctly.
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