Is Your Gas Fireplace Ready For Holidays?
Here’s what you need to do to prepare
As joyous as the winter holiday season can be, it can also sometimes feel overwhelmingly busy. Between travel plans, family gatherings and purchasing presents for friends and family members there is a lot to do in a short amount of time.
For those of us who live in Connecticut, getting your home’s gas fireplace ready for the holidays should be added to your seemingly never ending to do list.
Preparing your gas fireplace for the holiday season
Waiting until the cold weather hits and for the holiday season to arrive to discover that your gas fireplace isn’t working or functioning properly is certainly less than ideal. There are certain things homeowners with gas fireplaces can do in the lead up to winter and the holidays to make sure a gas fireplace is working correctly and safely. The below tips and tricks should help:
- Familiarize yourself with the fireplace: Obviously, fireplaces aren’t typically used throughout the spring and summer, which means that by the time winter arrives months and months have gone by since you’ve used your fireplace. Therefore, it is always a good idea to re-familiarize yourself with the owner’s manual and with your gas fireplace’s system.
- Clean your fireplace’s vents: It is quite common for all sorts of debris such as leaves and branches to find their way into a fireplace throughout the winter. You definitely want to do a good sweep and make sure all this is cleared before using your fireplace. This will help you avoid a fire and an increase in carbon monoxide levels.
- Clean your fireplace’s logs: In addition to cleaning and clearing your fireplace’s vents, you always want to clean your fireplace’s logs, as they can accumulate a lot of dust. Dust should be removed with a handheld vacuum or a microfiber cloth. You will also want to dust your fireplace’s fan or blower.
- Check the insert for chips and cracks: You want to make sure the insert of your gas fireplace (if you have one) doesn’t have any cracks or chips. If it does, the chances of harmful gases getting into your home will increase. Before using your fireplace, you will want to get any cracks or chips repaired or you can replace your damaged insert.
- Observe the pilot light: Some gas fireplaces have an electronic ignition and others have a pilot light. If your fireplace has a pilot light, check to make sure that it does not look yellow (yellow indicates a potential leak).
- Book a service appointment: Homeowners with gas fireplaces should have a professional conduct maintenance on their fireplaces every year. This will help ensure your fireplace is working safely and properly. And that’s where Hocon comes in.
Get your gas fireplace holiday ready with Hocon
The professionals at Hocon can help get your gas fireplace ready for the holidays. Our tune-ups include an equipment inspection, a thorough clean, battery changes, a flame quality check and leak inspections.
We also install propane gas fireplaces all throughout Connecticut, and parts of Massachusetts and New York.
Hocon can help ensure your fireplace is up and running efficiently and safely. Contact us today to learn more!