Even though gas appliances are very clean and efficient, it’s still important to have it serviced. Many manufacturers even require a yearly service be performed to maintain their warranty, which can save on costly repairs later.
The Simple Process
The technician will usually start by looking over the exterior, checking the glass for chips, cracks, or dirt. Then looking inside the firebox for debris and checking that the ignition system is lighting properly. While inside the firebox they will also check the log set to ensure proper placement and that they are still in good shape and not deteriorating. Lastly they will inspect the gas valve and connections making sure there are no leaks.
Safety is most important when it comes to enjoying a roaring fire in your home and the minor expense of a service call is absolutely worth it!
According to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, over 1.4 million homes in the San Francisco Bay Area have fireplaces and stoves, and many are wood-burning. Wood-burning is a top contributor to wintertime air pollution, thus giving rise to the newest legislation being proposed.
Bay Area air quality officials are ratcheting up their campaign against smoke pollution with a proposal aimed at phasing out the old-fashioned fireplace. After Nov. 1, 2016 Bay Area homes with wood-burning fireplaces cannot be sold or rented unless they are equipped with cleaner devices, such as gas, under the first proposal of its kind in California. Retrofit costs could range from hundreds of dollars to more than $3000, depending on the home and the new device being installed.