A gas fireplace is a nice alternative to a traditional fireplace or wood burning stove as they are relatively low maintenance and easy to operate. Most gas fireplaces are connected to the gas line and can be turned on and off with the touch of a button. Since they are fueled by natural gas or propane, there is no need to deal with firewood or cleaning up messy ashes.
How do Gas Fireplaces work?
Gas fireplaces come in four types: inserts, wood-burning firebox, log sets and basic burners that sit in existing, open fireplaces. They all work the same, a pilot light ignites the flame, the flame will glow and appear as if you are burning wood, adding heat and elegance to your room. A gas fireplace functions by using a combustion and exhaust system that creates a safe and efficient heating source.
Both inserts and built-in fireplaces are reliable heat producers, filling your room with a mix of warm air and radiant heat. Log sets are usually more for looks than warmth.
How often should I have someone inspect my gas fireplace?
Just like with any other fireplace system, you should have your chimney and fireplace looked at every year. Gas fireplaces do not produce ash and creosote like wood burning fireplaces, but they do produce moisture, which creates its own issues. Having a professional conduct an annual inspection of these items is a great, proactive way to ensure your fireplace and chimney are functioning as they should. This annual inspection will identify any potential problems before they become a life safety issue.
What is the useful life of a Gas Fireplace?
The life span of a gas fireplace varies on the amount used and the condition of the chimney system it serves. But an average life expectancy for a gas fireplace is believed to be around 15-25 years. If your gas fireplace is getting up there in years, call an expert to look at it to make sure it is functioning properly or if it needs to be replaced.
It is also advised to schedule these appointments before prime-time season approaches. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to use your fireplace on a cold evening and then having to wait for an appointment to fix it.
How can I tell if my Gas Fireplace needs repairs? What are some common failures of a gas fireplace?
A telltale sign that your gas fireplace is not functioning properly is if the pilot light goes out or does not light. This is one of the most common issues with gas fireplaces. As always, air on the side of caution and call a professional at the first sign of failure.
How is a gas fireplace repaired?
You should have a CSIA or NFI Certified tech inspect and diagnose the system. Based on their findings, repair options will be presented.
Are there certifications for gas fireplace technicians?
There are several, NFI, CSIA & CCP Certification programs that teach gas fireplace repairs.
Who should I call for Gas Fireplace Repairs?
You want to call a local expert who holds CSIA or equivalent certifications. Apex technicians are experts in diagnostics and repairs for all the different types of gas fireplace systems.
Call Apex today to schedule your gas fireplace inspection & repair: 732-314-7171