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Tuning up Your Gas Fireplace for the Fall

Although it feels more like summer than the fall in Houston, the Old Farmer’s Almanac is calling for winter temperatures to be slightly colder than normal, on average, with precipitation and snowfall a bit above normal in Oklahoma and in the north. Homeowners that heat their homes with a gas fireplace can expect to be giving them a workout this winter. Before the cold air blows in from the north, you might want to consider having your fireplace and chimney inspected.

The three basic types of gas fireplaces that are very popular are inserts, factory-built fireplaces (zero-clearance units) and freestanding designs. If you have a wood burning masonry fireplace or factory-built metal fireplaces inserts are used to convert them to gas. The gas burner and simulated logs are contained in a special metal housing that fits into the existing fireplace cavity. You can look at the fire through the glass in the front of the unit. In the case that a masonry chimney doesn’t exist, zero-clearance gas fireplaces are a better choice. The simulated logs and burner are inside their own firebox, contained by an inner and outer shell. Free-standing gas fireplaces look a lot like the new wood-burning stoves and tend to be more effective in supplying heat to the house,

Most manufacturers recommend having gas-burning appliances inspected annually by a professional service provider. And just as with a car, in some cases, failure to do so may void your warranty. As Certified Master Chimney Technicians our tune-ups include important safety checks to ensure that your gas fireplace functions properly, we’ll verify the controls and check the Blower wheel. We’ll verify the burners, clean and vacuum and replace any decorative substance as needed. We’ll also verify the pilot, the combustion chamber; check the condition of the gas log, the system wiring and the safeties. Next up would be checking the operation of the thermocouple/power pile, the main burner combustion the thermostat,  and the gas valve. No maintenance job from American Fireplace would be complete with checking and adjusting the ignition to improve performance. Finally, we’ll check the venting. Depending on the type of gas fireplace, it will have to be vented using one of three venting methods: natural draft venting, power venting and direct venting.

You’re safety is what’s most important, so we’ll never leave without checking for presence of unsafe levels of carbon monoxide (CO) at the time the tune-up is performed. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that is toxic to humans and animals when encountered in high enough concentrations. A good investment would be a carbon monoxide detector or CO detector is a device that detects the presence of the carbon monoxide (CO) gas in order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. It is virtually undetectable without using detection technology and most do not realise they are being poisoned.

You wouldn’t drive your car without getting it checked regularly and tuned up for the colder weather. It’s the same thing with your gas log fireplace. For more than 20 years, American Fireplace has served customers in Houston, Texas (TX) and the surrounding areas including Beaumont, Brenham, College Station, Galveston, Katy, Kingwood, Lake Jackson, Woodlands, Richmond, Spring and Sugarland. American Fireplace Inc., We Care about Your Air!

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