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Posted October 23, 2012 by HomeOwnerOffers in Seasons
 
 

Getting Your Fireplace Ready for Winter



A fireplace is a cozy and cost-effective way to stay warm during the colder months, but it’s not without its potential problems. For the sake of safety and efficiency, a little preparation is essential. And with temperatures dropping, now is the time to make sure your gas or wood-burning fireplace is ready for the long winter ahead.

Wood-Burning Fireplaces

  • Have your chimney cleaned. Creosote accumulation is the leading cause of fires in wood-burning appliances, so it’s important to get rid of buildup in your chimney before you start using your fireplace.
  • Have gasket materials inspected and replaced if necessary. The gaskets around fireplace doors, glass and other areas are essential to safe operation.
  • Inspect the brick lining and replace any broken or deteriorating bricks. Minor cracks are generally not a serious concern, but deterioration to the point where the steel body is exposed can cause permanent fire damage.
  • If your fireplace has a blower, clean it.
  • Check the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home to make sure they are operational and have fresh batteries.

Gas Fireplaces

  • Gas fireplaces are a bit more complex than wood-burning models, so it’s a good idea to have a certified technician inspect and service the appliance every year before you use it. Professional service should include cleaning the airways of both the pilot and main burner.
  • Clean the blower if your gas fireplace has one. Unlike furnaces, gas fireplace blowers don’t have a filtration system, and this can cause significant buildup of dust and other particles over time.
  • If your fireplace has a remote control, replace the batteries. Check the batteries in the receiver as well.
  • Check the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home to make sure they are operational and have fresh batteries.