#1 Read your fireplace manual
The manual that came with your gas fireplace, stove or insert is unique. It contains information about how to operate your gas unit and it outlines what you need to do to keep it performing safely and reliably. Knowing what your responsibilities are now could help you save time and money in the future. If you’re not sure where your gas fireplace manual is, visit your fireplace manufacturer online and download a copy. If you’re not sure how to complete one of the maintenance tasks listed in your fireplace manual, check out these helpful fireplace care videos.
#2 Annual Inspection & Cleaning
Gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts are famous for being low maintenance, but even gas units should be inspected annually by a licensed gas professional. Licensed gas inspectors are trained to identify issues like venting cracks or obstructions, corrosion and firebox damage, all of which can ignite an unwanted fire. A licensed gas inspector will check and clean all the components of your gas fireplace, including your venting and the glass window on your fireplace. The cost of your annual gas fireplace inspection will be relative to the type and condition of your gas fireplace, and how your unit is vented. Annual gas fireplace inspections and cleaning usually cost less than wood fireplaces because gas fireplaces don’t produce excess soot or creosote. To avoid irregular operation and potential issues in-season, get your gas fireplace inspected and cleaned prior to each fireplace season, and make sure you purchase a fireplace from a manufacturer that values quality.
#3 Keep Flammable Materials Away
The Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association (HPBA) recommends keeping any potentially flammable and combustible materials like dog toys, children’s dolls, fabrics, paper etc. at least 3 feet away from fireplaces. A fireplace safety screen or glass safety barrier is a great way to help keep children and pets safe, which is why Regency includes them on all gas units.
#4 Check Your Detectors
When was the last time you checked the operation of your smoke detector and your carbon monoxide detector? It’s important to test the functionality of each sensor and, if applicable, install fresh batteries each year. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless so it’s a good idea to know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, which may include dizziness, weakness, confusion, blurred vision, shortness of breath, headache, nausea and loss of consciousness. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, get to fresh air and call 911 immediately. The best way to avoid accidental fire and carbon monoxide poisoning is to have your quality crafted gas fireplace installed and inspected by a licensed gas contractor, and to operate your gas fireplace in accordance with your fireplace manual.
#5 Install Fresh Batteries Into Your Gas Fireplace Receiver & Remote Control
It’s a good idea to change the batteries in your gas fireplace receiver at the same time you change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors each year. A gas fireplace receiver is a battery powered backup power supply that can light your gas fireplace in the event of a power outage. Choose a gas fireplace or gas insert that has a receiver to ensure your home can stay warm and ambient during storm season. If your fireplace can be operated via remote control, remember to install fresh batteries into your remote as well!