MTS Gas Fireplace Maintenance

 

Yes, your Gas Fireplace needs to be cleaned and inspected regularly. Regular cleaning and inspection will help keep your gas fireplace performing efficiently and safely for years to come.

Just like your furnace and A/C, your gas fireplace is considered to be a mechanical unit and therefore it needs regular maintenance just like every HVAC system out there. Components can and will wear out, especially when you operate the fireplace between periods of no use at all to very high use in the span of a year.

One thing you don’t ever want to take for granted year after year is that the equipment in a gas fireplace is operating the way it should. Over time, valves and connections could develop leaks. Thermopile and thermocouple could be worn and/or need cleaning. The ceramic logs should be checked to ensure they are properly placed and in working condition.  Ventilation is also an area of concern. If a fireplace has gone for a long period without being used, the vent, flue or chimney can become blocked without the homeowner realizing. A blockage can result in poor ventilation, which can result in dangerous fumes like carbon monoxide entering the home.

Here are the biggest signs your home’s gas fireplace needs maintenance as soon as possible:

1: Pilot light issues

Just as if you would use a gas furnace, there’s a pilot light built into your gas fireplace as well. Your gas fireplace’s manufacturer should have instructions for you about how to troubleshoot the pilot light if something goes wrong, but if your pilot light refuses to stay lit, even after following the instructions, that’s one sign of something gone very wrong.

Usually the cause is due to a broken or worn out thermopile, which is a component that does need to be replaced occasionally. Another more serious cause is faulty wiring, which you should not attempt to fix by yourself. If your pilot light won’t stay lit and you’ve already followed the manufacturing instructions to no avail, calling a professional for help is the only best solution.

2: A rotten egg smell

Anything that smells like rotten eggs means danger! If you hear a hissing sound or see anything else out of the ordinary, it means there’s a gas leak. The only reason you can smell anything is because of mercaptan, a harmless chemical added to natural gas which gives it its rotten egg or hydrogen sulfide smell.

If you see, hear, or smell any signs of a gas leak, stop what you’re doing immediately and evacuate your home. Don’t attempt to fix it yourself, or call about the leak on your cell while you’re in the house, or smoke, or light matches or even operate any light switches. Go outside ASAP, and call 911 or you can call Intermountain Gas 1-800-548-3679.

3: Too much soot

Unlike wood-burning fireplaces, soot buildup is not a sign of a healthy gas fireplace. In fact, it means something is very wrong, especially if there’s soot on the glass doors. It’s either because of the logs, the interior of the fireplace, or the outside venting (or maybe all of the above) contain buildup. However you look at it, if soot is what you’re seeing right now, then your fireplace needs professional attention immediately.

4: It switches on and off

This is one of the most frustrating common signs of a gas fireplace malfunctioning, and it is also the most difficult to solve without a professional technician’s help. Multiple causes can be the culprit as to this scenario:

  • The millivolt generator, usually placed in the path of the pilot light and the size of a AA battery, is old and worn out
  • Dirt and carbon have built up in the vicinity of the pilot light
  • Too much of a breeze is coming down the chimney, and the doors are open
  • There’s a jamming issue with the burner
  • A bad thermocouple or thermopile—the thermocouple being the sensor that senses heat and allows the pilot light to stay lit, while the thermopile allows gas to pass through the burner system and heat and light

Whatever the cause, this is another one where you shouldn’t DIY the fix yourself. Call in a professional.

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Seasonal Activity Tips

Seasonal cleaning and maintenance of your HVAC system is essential to keeping your family comfortable all year long. And while you may have to change the filters a few times throughout the year, the spring and fall are usually the best times to perform more thorough cleaning and maintenance. Doing so will ensure that your system is working well as you move into summer and winter, the seasons when you rely on your HVAC system the most. Use the tips below to plan your seasonal HVAC cleaning and maintenance.

Fall Seasonal HVAC Tips

As you get closer to winter, it’s a good idea to ensure your HVAC system is up to the task of keeping your family warm until spring. Here are a few tips to make sure your furnace will be running well throughout the coldest months of the year, and that your air conditioning system is protected against snow and ice:

  • Clean around the air conditioning unit. Making sure the central air conditioner unit outside is free of leaves, twigs and brush. You may want to purchase a cover to keep snow and ice off during the winter.
  • Replace air filters. A dirty filter restricts air flow, making your system work harder and reduce its efficiency. Replace the filer in all units with removable filters, which may include furnaces, air conditioners, air handlers, humidifiers or air cleaners.
  • Check the furnace and ductwork. Before you turn your furnace on for the winter, it’s a good idea to have your HVAC system and ductwork checked by a licensed HVAC Contractor who will make sure your system is running smoothly, and that your ductwork is free of blockages.

Spring Seasonal HVAC Maintenance

As the snow starts to melt and the spring season starts, you’ll want to re-examine your system to be sure it’s ready for the fair weather ahead. A few spring maintenance tips you may want to perform on your HVAC system include:

  • Replacing your filter. While you also did this in winter, changing the removable filter in each of your HVAC units every season helps to prevent pollen and other particles that can agitate allergies from getting into your home. You may also want to consider an air cleaner to further reduce seasonal allergies and particles in your home.
  • Testing and cleaning your cooling systems. Having a maintenance check and HVAC cleaning from a licensed HVAC Contractor can help to increase the efficiency of how your system runs. You can also identify and fix small issues with your HVAC system before they become expensive repairs.
  • Clearing your outdoor condenser. Making sure the outdoor air conditioning condenser is free of any weeds or vegetation, and that air can move freely around the unit.

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From our friends at T-Square Properties

Cost, convenience, and control are three things you want in your home’s HVAC maintenance. You want the cost of managing the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems to be affordable. You also want to avoid unexpected breakdowns and you want to be able to deal with issues at your convenience.

If you get a handle on cost and find a way to do maintenance according to your own schedule, you have gained the third criteria, control. But achieving this level of HVAC maintenance requires a time commitment and technical know-how that most homeowners simply do not have, T-Square Properties explains.

Air conditioners must be inspected before summer and heating systems checked every fall. In between, minor issues, which happen without warning, must be given attention to keep them from becoming major problems.

It is usually the failure to do these important tasks in a timely fashion that causes most homeowner’s HVAC maintenance problems. The question is how can you gain control of HVAC maintenance to make it affordable and convenient?

Finding an effective way to manage your HVAC is not hard. The recommended way to deal with this problem is through an HVAC maintenance agreement. This solution is the best way to get the most out of your HVAC systems.

What is an HVAC maintenance agreement?

It is a contract with an HVAC maintenance company that transfers the responsibility for staying up to date with HVAC maintenance from you to the company. Instead of waiting until you have a problem with the HVAC before you hire a technician, the company works to keep the system from breaking down at all.

In all probability, you have an HVAC technician available that you can contact whenever your system has issues. But an HVAC maintenance plan is different from this type of arrangement. That is because your current HVAC technician does not really work for you. The technician is able to do your work subject to their availability and this can be a problem.

It is the ad hoc nature of your HVAC maintenance approach that is responsible for many of your HVAC problems. But with an HVAC maintenance agreement, many of your HVAC problems are automatically resolved by the maintenance plan the company implements. What are the tangible benefits of having an HVAC maintenance agreement?

Good reasons to have an HVAC maintenance agreement

  • Timely service

The service company ensures the HVAC is maintained according to the right schedule. Since this is all the company does (unlike you, who may be caught up in doing other things, and forget), there is no chance of HVAC maintenance being overlooked. The result is you are able to maximize the performance of your home’s HVAC.

  • Protect HVAC warranties

With an HVAC maintenance agreement, you do not have to worry about the warranty on your HVAC being voided. Firstly, the HVAC maintenance company is recognized by the HVAC manufacturer as a professional HVAC service. Secondly, the service company will keep detailed records to show that your HVAC is being cleaned and inspected as required by the manufacturer.

  • Preferential treatment

HVAC maintenance companies give priority to customers who have a service contract with them. This is important for those times when there is high demand for the company’s service. The company will move homeowners with a service contract up the queue. The company will also give customers with service contracts priority in the supply of critical HVAC components if these components are scarce.

  • On-demand service

 If you suffer an HVAC emergency in the dead of night, on a holiday, or during inclement weather, the company will come out to fix the problem at a regular rate. Without an HVAC service agreement, you may be stuck without cooling or heating for hours. If you manage to get hold of an HVAC technician, you may have to pay twice the normal rate for the service.

  • Lower prices

HVAC maintenance companies get bulk discounts from manufacturers of HVAC spare parts and disposables. They will pass these discounts on to their most loyal customers because they know they are assured of those customers’ business for the foreseeable future. An HVAC maintenance agreement will let you save money on important HVAC supplies.

  • Fewer breakdowns and longer equipment lifespan

 The overall effect of timely oil changes, filter replacements, and other essential services is you will have fewer problems with the HVAC. Proper maintenance can extend the life of the equipment and its components by as much as 50%. You will not need to replace the HVAC as soon as you would have if you did not have a maintenance contract.

  • Lower energy costs

HVAC systems use up more energy as they lose their efficiency; the system has to work harder to achieve the required level of cooling or heating. This increases the amount of gas or electricity used up by the HVAC. A maintenance agreement improves the system’s overall performance; this can significantly lower your home’s energy bills.

 

 

Reasons you should have a Maintenance Agreement

  From our friends at T-Square Properties Cost, convenience, and control are three things you want in your home’s HVAC maintenance. You want the cost of managing the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems to be affordable. You also want to avoid unexpected breakdowns […]

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