Fireplace Maintenance

Why do I need my gas fireplace checked annually?

Your fireplace works hard all fall and winter to keep you warm. Yes, gas fireplaces are efficient and appear low maintenance to most people. But like any appliance in your home, it needs care and an annual check-up.

So don’t overlook the need to keep your fireplace clean and working properly. Heat and dirt build-up over time starts to affect the interior of your fireplace. All the working parts of your fireplace eventually age over time.

With an annual check-up, you will increase the lifespan of your fireplace and minimize repairs over time.

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Preventative maintenance is well worth it to make sure your fireplace starts perfectly each season.

Safety is another reason. Gas fireplaces need to be well vented. If there is a blockage, you could face the possible danger of carbon monoxide leaking into your home. Seasonal inspection of all the working parts of a gas fireplace and maintenance of your flues and vents also helps assure good indoor air quality

Plus you want your fireplace to look good. Sparkling clean glass allows you to enjoy the vision of dancing flames and adds a better ambience in your home.

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What can go wrong that I don’t know about?

  • Cracked or scratched glass can become unstable and is a risk over time
  • Residue and dirt can gather inside the fireplace and will need cleaning
  • Important parts inside your fireplace like the gas ignitor and burners will age over time and corrosion, dirt or insects can set in, affecting how well they work.
  • Gas fireplaces need to be properly vented so your air does not get contaminated. Carbon monoxide is the most potentially harmful product produced by gas fireplaces. Carbon monoxide is an odourless, tasteless and colourless gas. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include fatigue, nausea and dizziness.

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A1 can provide you with the most thorough and professional fireplace maintenance in the industry. We promise!

What you can expect with a fireplace inspection and cleaning:

  • Thorough inspection of the interior and exterior integrity of the firebox
  • Check glass for chips, cracks or flaws that could cause problems
  • Clean the residue from the glass with a special cleaner
  • Inspect door gasket for a tight seal
  • Check control switch operation
  • Tighten and inspect efficacy of all electrical wiring
  • Inspect for any deterioration of logs and clean the area
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  • Ensure the heat output is optimal and that all of the important parts of the fireplace are working properly
  • Ensure the gas ignition system is sparking perfectly and consistently
  • Check burners and remove any corrosion or residue that may cause blockage
  • Check gas valves to ensure a clean connection and no natural gas leakage
  • Inspect blower as required
  • Test exhaust system for proper venting ensure there is no carbon monoxide leakage
  • Check with the homeowner to ensure there is a working carbon monoxide detector within the home

After the inspection and cleaning, our A1 Technician will advise you of any parts that need replacing or could be nearing the end of its lifespan.

Do you have any further questions about your insert or fireplace?

For gas fireplace maintenance or repairs, A1 Air Conditioning and Heating has highly trained TSSA approved Technicians that know fireplaces. With a regular annual fireplace tune-up and cleaning, A1 will help you get the most out of your fireplace.

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