Residents in the greater Fresno area, including towns like Clovis CA, Madera CA, Merced CA, Sanger CA, Mendota CA, Los Banos CA, Dinuba CA, and Parlier CA, turn to us for Gas Stove & Gas Fireplace annual maintenance.
It’s easy to understand why a chimney needs cleaning when there is a wood-burning or pellet-burning appliance, since creosote can quickly build up. The experts at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) also recommend annual chimney inspections for gas fireplaces, gas stoves, and all gas appliances. Safety is the number one concern. There are things that could go wrong and start a house fire, no matter what type of heating appliance is being used in conjunction with a chimney.
Although vent-free gas units are available, we recommend vented appliances.
During an annual chimney inspection, the chimney structure is checked to be sure it is operating correctly. Many problems can arise that can interfere with the proper operation of a chimney and create a hazard, including the following:
- The chimney could be blocked or restricted by an animal nest, debris, or a faulty damper. When combustion byproducts can’t exit the chimney properly, deadly carbon monoxide fumes can enter the home.
- The chimney liner or flue can become damaged, whether due to time, lack of proper maintenance, shifting of the structure, or moisture in the chimney system. When a liner has even the smallest crack, it should be replaced before further use. A damaged liner can lead to a house fire and exposure to carbon monoxide.
- The chimney could be damaged by moisture. During an annual inspection we look for the many signs of potential moisture damage. The sooner problems are fixed, the less expensive repairs will be.
It’s important to routinely clean gas logs and inspect the appliance. We remove log set pieces, clean them with proper cleaning materials, and reinstall them. Burner components are inspected and tuned up, as needed. Venting is inspected and cleaned, as necessary. The burn area is cleaned and swept, and glass doors are polished.
Is it time for your gas heating appliance to be cleaned and inspected? Give us a call today and make an appointment.