Are you looking for a way to upgrade a room by adding both ambiance and additional functionality and warmth? Adding a gas log fireplace can be the solution. To get your unit repaired or to have one installed, call Jim Wagner Plumbing, Inc. for service in Lombard, IL. We’ll give you an upfront quote and won’t add any hidden fees or surprises to your final bill!
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Benefits of Gas Log Fireplaces vs. Wood Fireplaces
When installing a fireplace in your home you can select between a gas log model and a wood-burning one. Some of the benefits of installing a gas log fireplace can include:
- Gas logs produce heat quickly with the push of a button.
- They don’t require matches, tinder, kindle or wood.
- You don’t have to buy or store firewood.
- You don’t have to worry about insects and animals getting into the wood.
- Gas fireplaces are safer, as stray embers don’t put your family or home at risk.
Installation Procedures for Gas Log Fireplaces
When you purchase a gas log fireplace it’s important to have it installed by a professional. You can expect the following steps to be taken during your fireplace installation:
- Install gas lines and hookups and secure the intakes.
- Add a burner.
- Carefully place the logs in a way that looks good, and natural.
- Add sand and rocks as needed to evenly distribute the heat.
- If you’d like, you can have glowing embers added to increase the authenticity.
- If you are converting your wood-burning fireplace to a gas model, professionals can ensure your existing system is rated for use with vented logs.
If your home does not have a chimney – don’t worry. Gas log fireplaces do not require a chimney to operate, so you will not need one installed.
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Maintenance for Gas Log Fireplaces
To keep your gas log fireplace working as expected throughout the year, it’s important to keep it properly maintained. Some tasks you should perform on your system can include:
- Schedule a yearly inspection with a professional to check your system and ensure it’s working properly.
- Have a contractor inspect for gas leaks and other fire hazards.
- Gently wipe down the gas logs to keep them clean.
- Clean the wire connections.
- Clean the glass door at least once a month.
- Check the gasket for cracks or missing pieces.
- Inspect the unit’s outside vent for debris, and remove it if necessary.