As fall is approaching and the temperatures are dropping, now is the perfect time to start preparing your fireplace for colder weather. Since it has been quite a few months since you have used your fireplace, Bart Fireside recommends that you take care of a few maintenance tasks for safety and efficiency reasons. To help you get your wood-burning or gas-fueled fireplace ready for the upcoming fall and winter seasons, we would like to share with you a few tips from House Logic.
- Schedule a professional chimney sweeping before lighting the first fire of the season. You want to be sure all of the accumulated creosote deposits have been removed from your chimney to avoid a possible chimney fire.
- Have the gaskets that seal the doors, the damper, and the ash dump inspected and replaced if needed. Excess air can leak into the firebox if these gaskets are not providing an airtight seal, and this can create an over fire condition that can damage your fireplace.
- Replace any broken or damaged brick lining in your wood-burning appliance. If the brick lining has deteriorated to the point
- Replace the batteries in all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detector alarms. Test your alarms to be sure they are properly working.
- Arrange a service appointment from a certified gas technician. You will want to have the airways of both the pilot and main burners cleaned to be sure they are working properly.
- If your appliance is equipped with a blower, clean the blower. This blower does not have a filter to protect it from dust and hair building up on its blades. This can prematurely wear out the bearings by changing the balance of the blower. The motor could also cease up from dust insulating it and preventing it from being cooled.
- Replace the batteries in any remote control devices. Also, just as with a wood-burning appliance, you should replace the batteries in every smoke and carbon monoxide detector alarm in your home and test them for correct operation.
Want to know more tips on preparing your fireplace for fall? Contact us at Bart Fireside to find out how we can help you get ready for cooler weather.