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The popularity of gas fireplaces has risen over the years, which has increased the need for inspection and maintenance of these units. Many don’t know much about their gas fireplace other than it can heat their home, so looking for a qualified professional can often be difficult. Knowing the reasons behind a gas fireplace inspection is the first step towards understanding how to properly utilize this important home appliance.

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Basic gas fireplace diagram

 

The Affordability Of A Gas Fireplace

Overall, a gas fireplace is more economical than a typical wood burning fireplace. A large portion of the heat generated by a wood fireplace is wasted and sent out of your house through the chimney. This is one of the main reasons why a gas fireplace or insert is more affordable. So, is it more affordable to have it inspected frequently?

Unfortunately, it’s not cheaper to have a gas fireplace inspected. A gas fireplace has a more complicated inner framework then does a wood burning fireplace. Vents, outlets, combustion chambers, pipes and other mechanisms make up its structure, when all that makes up a wood burning fireplace is the hearth and the chimney. However, you can make up for the cost of inspection when it comes down to the money you save out of the unit’s efficiency overall.

Always be sure to use trained technicians. Look for manufacturer trained mechanics and also NFI Certified technicians. These professionals are trained in the hearth industry on every aspect of  gas fireplace service.  They know what to look for on builder installations. They are up to date on local building codes. They are stocked with specific tools to test for gas or carbon monoxide leaks. Industry professionals are also able to access manufacturer web sites if needed for proper settings and log placement charts.

A Gas Fireplace Inspection

To keep energy costs low annual maintenance of your gas fireplace is required. There are many reasons as to why a gas fireplace inspection is necessary. Firstly, checking for irregularities in the glass doors of the fireplace is essential to prevent gas or carbon monoxide from leaking into your home. This is obviously a safety concern for your family and the main reason why this type of inspection is completely necessary. Checking the venting system and the pilot of your natural gas fireplace can also help to ensure it continues to operate correctly by heating your home and expelling extra smoke and heat outdoors.

If either the venting system or your pilot stops functioning the gas fireplace could begin to cost you more money than it’s worth. Another important reason for inspection is to check the combustion chamber for cracks. This is a major safety concern because if it’s not caught it can let gas seep into your home. Gas leaks can be silent killers, regardless if they’re uncommon. For safety’s sake, have your fireplace inspected once a year because it’s not worth the risk.

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