How Often Does Your Fireplace Need Professional Maintenance?

January 17, 2022 Published by Leave your thoughts

The work never seems to stop when you’re a homeowner—there’s always something that needs to be inspected or fixed. If you have a fireplace, you can add calling a professional for cleaning and inspection to your to-do list.

This post will cover everything you need to know about fireplace maintenance.

What’s involved in fireplace maintenance?

The steps that go into servicing a fireplace vary depending on the type of fireplace you have. In general, the maintenance call involves performing a full inspection of the fireplace and the chimney. Then your technician will clean out the fireplace and flue to eliminate all of the built-up dust and soot. If it’s a gas or electric fireplace, your technician will also test the fireplace to ensure it’s working.

If the fireplace isn’t working the way it should be or if there’s any damage to the fireplace or chimney, we’ll need to set up another appointment for chimney repair. Using your fireplace when it’s compromised can lead to potentially deadly carbon monoxide leaks.

Maintenance schedule

The main thing to understand about fireplace maintenance is that the maintenance time frame depends on the type of fireplace you have. These are the maintenance schedules for the three fireplace categories:

  • Woodburning fireplaces: It’s tough to beat the ambiance or heat output from a woodburning fireplace. The only downside of these fireplaces is that the chimneys get dirty quite quickly. It’s crucial to have your fireplace cleaned once a year to prevent any chimney buildup that could catch flame while the fire’s roaring.
  • Gas fireplaces: The three different types of gas fireplaces are vented gas logs, ventless gas logs and direct vents. Regardless of the type you have, it should be serviced annually. After cleaning the burners, your maintenance technician will inspect the system to ensure there’s no chance of a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
  • Electric fireplaces: One great reason to choose an electric fireplace is that it requires very little maintenance. Many of today’s higher-end electric fireplaces have an air filter that may need to be inspected or replaced annually, but that’s the only required maintenance. You can perform filter replacement yourself, but it’s a good idea to have a pro take a look at the fireplace.

What if you rarely use your fireplace?

Some of our customers claim that they don’t need yearly fireplace maintenance because their fireplace is mainly for show and they rarely use it. Even if that’s true, you should still hire a professional for regular maintenance. All it takes is one rogue spark to start a house fire or a small malfunction to lead to a carbon monoxide leak. The best way to avoid these problems is by having your fireplace cleaned and inspected.

Now’s the time to schedule our services

If your chimney has seen better days and needs chimney repair or if it’s time to have your fireplace serviced, then be sure to call our team at Tri City Remodeling. We’ll send someone out right away to perform an inspection or make repairs to ensure your fireplace is ready to use this season.

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