Chimneys of gas-powered fireplaces that use propane or natural gas don’t see frequent cleaning like those of their wood-burning counterparts. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t need any cleaning at all. They are just as susceptible to any chimney issues, which you should stay on top of to ensure consistent heating during the winter season.
What You Need to Know About Gas-Powered Fireplaces
Gas fireplaces don’t produce soot and creosote, which is the leading cause of chimney buildup in wood-burning fireplaces. However, they can deposit corrosive substances inside the unit, preventing it from functioning properly. Without the expertise of a chimney sweep, the problem only manifests itself when it’s already worse and is expensive to repair.
Why Does Your Gas Fireplace Need Chimney Cleaning?
If you have a gas-powered fireplace, cleaning your chimney regularly helps to prevent the following issues:
Traditional fireplaces keep moisture from turning into water droplets inside the chimney as high stack temperatures escape from the top. This doesn’t happen in modern, gas-powered fireplaces – they steal extra heat, which means condensation is expected to occur inside the cooler flue. The water particles forming inside the chimney are highly acidic and corrosive, which is why it must be managed as soon as possible.
- Burner and Artificial Log Issues
The burners and artificial logs in your gas fireplace start to become dirty with prolonged use. Over time, your gas burners can become clogged, resulting in the fireplace’s poor performance. Even when they’re designed to last for years, artificial logs could still break down over time.
- Gas Leaks
Cleaning your chimney helps to assess whether the gas-powered fireplace is leaking fuel. When this happens, get in touch with your gas company as well to inspect and repair the affected lines.
For chimney repairs and inspections, turn to Chimney Doctor. Call us now at (518) 882-5009, or fill out our contact form for an estimate. We serve homeowners in and around Saratoga Springs, NY.