There are few home features that can prove more useful than a fireplace. However, a traditional wood burning fireplace will be relatively maintenance intensive, and homeowners will often want a more convenient option. While a gas insert fireplace will require less regular maintenance and work to keep it in good condition, it will nevertheless need a few basic steps to keep this system functioning efficiently.  

Thoroughly Clean The Fireplace And Gas Inserts On A Frequent Basis

A key advantage of a gas fireplace is that it will not require as much cleaning as a wood burning fireplace due to the fact that it will produce far less ash. However, you still must clean the fireplace on a regular basis as it can be possible for the gas to leave a sticky residue behind. By thoroughly cleaning the interior of the fireplace as well as the glass, you can keep it looking like new. The gas burning inserts are essential for your fireplace to work, but they can be particularly prone to becoming covered in residue. Prior to removing these inserts, you should closely review the owner's manual so that you avoid damaging the inserts during this step. If you bend or warp the inserts, they may not work correctly in the future.  

Have The Gas Lines Inspected Every Couple Of Years

The gas lines to the fireplace will be a component that can be easy to overlook because they will be out of sight. However, they will still need to be inspected every couple of years so that damage to these lines can be promptly repaired before it leads to a serious failure. Luckily, these inspections are not usually particularly time-consuming, but the exact time needed to evaluate the gas lines will vary based on the particular setup for your fireplace.

Service The Gas Fireplace Burner Each Fall

Each year before you start using the fireplace, you should have the gas burners serviced. The burner is a key component for determining the efficiency of the system as it will regulate the amount of fuel that is being burned. When the burner becomes dirty, corroded or experiences other issues, the fireplace will likely be far more expensive to use while also generating less heat. You will want to have a professional inspect the burner for your fireplace each fall so that any performance issues with it can be corrected before the cold weather arrives. After several years, you may need to replace the burner, but this will be a fairly basic and inexpensive repair.