Fireplace Experts: Getting Your Gas Fireplace Serviced
Posted in Fireplaces & Real Estate, on September 16, 2019
In the winter, many people love the crackle and hum of a fire, but in many
municipalities, wood fireplaces have become a thing of the past. For those who love
a fire on a cold winter’s night, a gas fireplace will be an excellent substitute and a
much safer one also. When you use your gas fireplace, be aware you need to
maintain it. Service a gas fireplace regularly and you will never have a problem with
it. No embers to touch off a fire, no smoke to fill the house if your flue is blocked, and
no ash residue to clean up after a roaring wood fire. When you have a gas fireplace,
you can save on energy costs, and they are low maintenance. Service for a gas
fireplace will be necessary from time to time to maintain the ambiance the fireplace
provides a home
Gas fireplace servicing, know what to do when the time comes
How often should a gas fireplace be serviced?
The answer to the question depends on the type of gas fireplace you have. Gas
fireplaces come in several different types, gas, and propane, are the major types
here. Some burn blue flames, others burn yellow flames, some require venting while
others don’t some have logs while others don’t. Here is where you need to know
what you have and how to take care of it. If you have a yellow flame, vented gas log,
clean the chimney annually for safety. Non-vented, blue flame fireplaces are a
hazard; they create poor air quality because there is no vent and are only designed
to be used for a short period. In any case, thorough cleaning along with a chimney
cleaning is imperative for any gas fireplace. And that is why you need to service a gas
fireplace at least once a year.
How do I know if my gas fireplace needs to be serviced?
You will see the evidence when it comes time to service a gas fireplace. Apart from
the fact it should be an annual ritual, the eye test will be the one that will convince
you need service for the appliance. If you have logs in the bed for the fireplace they
will breakdown and the pieces will cling to insert and become trapped. The gas
fireplace will have glass doors and a frame by construction. If there is dirt, cracks,
and or scratches in the glass, know that the time has come to have your gas fireplace
serviced. To service a gas fireplace, you need a contractor. If you see residue you
know that you need their services to remove the unwanted material that can build
up in the hearth.
How much does it cost to service a gas fireplace?
When you need to spend money to service a gas fireplace, the costs are relative to
the number of problems that need to be tackled when work is required. On average,
it can cost anywhere from $90-$130 for a routine service call to service a gas
fireplace. Now, let's look at some of the problems that cause gas fireplace service
calls. Pilot lights that need lighting, unusual odours or fogged glass doors will be
common fixes. Depending on the company, it can be $100 per hour for a technician
to visit the site. Lighting a pilot light can be $100, replacing fogged glass can be up to
$300, and a remote replacement can be as high as $100. If you have bigger problems,
the costs will climb as the requirements for work do, if regular maintenance is part
of the upkeep for your fireplace, the costs will stay under control. When you get a
gas fireplace serviced, remember to have the chimney checked also as it plays an
important role in venting carbon dioxide.
In the Greater Toronto Area, the Fireplace Experts are ready to help with any of your
needs when needing your gas fireplace serviced. Since 2008, our team of experts has
kept the heat on, and the problems to a minimum. We provide general maintenance
and repairs for any gas fireplace and our work is highly recommended across in
Toronto and the GTA. For a consultation or to set-up a regular maintenance
schedule, call us today at the Fireplace Experts at 416.897.5643.