Keep Your Fireplace Safe this Winter

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Today we’re joined by our warranty manager, Shaun, to discuss fireplace safety and maintenance. All of our homes have similar fireplaces, and these tips are similar for most modern gas fireplaces. Today, we want to walk you through a few safety and maintenance procedures that will make your fireplace run smoothly and safely when it needs to. First, let's talk about cleaning the glass panel on the front of your fireplace. 

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The process of cleaning this panel is quite easy, it's getting the panel off that is the tricky part. For a lot of our fireplaces, there are two latches underneath the glass, next to the pilot light. Undo these latches, and the panel should hinge out and lift right up. To clean the glass, we recommend using Cerama Bryte, or another ammonia-free glass cleaner. You should clean this glass at least twice a year. Once at the beginning of the winter season, and once at the end.

Now that we have the cleaning down, let's talk about lighting that pilot light. It's something you have to do at the beginning of every season, so let's go through the step-by-step process of getting that pilot light lit.
  1. Open the door beneath the fireplace to expose the gas line and pilot light switch. 
  2. Look for the red handle that controls the gas line. When the lever is perpendicular to the gas line, the gas is off, if it is parallel with the gas line, the gas is on.   
  3. Push in the control button on the left, and turn it to "pilot"  
  4. Press the ignite button, up to 20 times.  
  5. Once the fireplace is lit, hold the gas valve for about 30 seconds, then release and turn the left-hand control knob to "on."
There you have it, some basic fireplace maintenance to keep your home clean and warm this winter. If you have any questions, or would like to check out the great new fireplaces we have in our models, give us a call or send us a quick email.