Soot buildup in your gas fireplace can cause ignition problems and clog your burners, leading to inefficient operation and even possible safety issues. By cleaning your gas fireplace at least twice a year using the following procedure, you can ensure it operates safely and efficiently.
- Turn off the gas supply to your fireplace, as well as the electric supply if equipped. Allow all components to fully cool before attempting to clean them.
- Then, remove the screen and logs carefully. Use a vacuum to clean away any dust or other loose materials from both the logs and the screen before using a damp rag to wipe each surface. Next, use the vacuum to clean inside the fireplace itself, removing all dust, cobwebs and debris.
- Use a vacuum to clean your burners, removing all loose debris. If there’s soot stuck in the holes of the burner, use a can of compressed air to dislodge the debris, followed by the vacuum to remove it completely. Wipe the burners with a damp cloth, and use a soft-bristle brush to remove any stubborn residue.
- Next, use the can of compressed air to clean out the pilot tube and the air inlet before using the vacuum to remove any debris that was loosened.
- Use glass cleaner and a rag to clean any glass surfaces, starting outside and then moving inwards to avoid transferring soot. Do not spray the cleaner directly on the glass, as it may cause damage to other surfaces if too much is applied.
- Afterwards, use the vacuum and a damp cloth to clean the exterior surfaces of your fireplace. Avoid using harsh cleaners that may damage sensitive surfaces, such as marble or brass.
- Lastly, put the logs and screen back into their original positions and restore your gas and electric supplies. Now, you can relight your fireplace and check for problems.
For more information about operating and cleaning your gas fireplace, talk to our home heating experts at Roth Heating & Cooling. We have been serving Portland and the surrounding areas since 1976.