Outdoor Kitchens — December 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Fireplace Maintenance: Prepare for Winter

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'Tis the Season!

The colder weather and upcoming holidays have many homeowners scrambling to have their fireplaces ready. We’ve been getting many maintenance requests daily.

Here are a few steps you can take to prep your fireplace for the winter:

Wood Fireplaces

  • Both masonry and factory-built wood burning fireplaces should be swept annually.
  • Check the refractory panels to make sure they are in good shape.
  • If you have glass doors, you can clean them with water and a soft cloth. For serious soot buildup add a little vinegar or give us a call to order glass cleaner.

Gas Fireplaces

  • Gas fireplaces require very little maintenance. If your fireplace operates with a standing pilot, make sure it is OFF prior to any cleaning.
  • Check the logs for any soot buildup, this can be removed with a rag.
  • If you have glass doors, you can clean them with water and a soft cloth. For serious soot buildup add a little vinegar or give us a call to order glass cleaner.
Electric Fireplaces
  • Replace any burnt out bulbs. The newer units use LED technology and won’t require any replacement bulbs for some time.
  • Get rid of any smudges or marks with glass cleaner and a soft cloth.
 
All factory built fireplaces come with an installation/owner’s manual. Consult this for any specific¬†maintenance¬†questions or contact the manufacturer.

Keep it mind, it all depends how much you use your unit. If you frequently use your fireplace for supplemental heat, you should clean it more often.

If we have installed your unit, give us a call to schedule a Maintenance Visit.

Happy Holidays from all of us at NYC Fireplaces!

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