outside vent before you use your gas fireplace each season.
Vents can get torn and partially blocked by leaves, spider
webs and birds’ nests. These small items as well as loose
brick mortar can be sucked into the vent, block critical air
passages and cause the unit to either burn improperly or not
Clean the glass
at least once a month. An
abundance of build-up on the glass can be an indication that
the fireplace is not burning as efficiently as it should.
An inefficient gas fireplace wastes money and may give off
fatal levels of carbon monoxide.
glass. If your fireplace’s
glass is not held tightly in place, poisonous carbon
monoxide may escape into your home. Moisture and dust can
also infect the fireplace’s combustion chamber affecting its
efficiency and operation.
Also make sure the
glass is not scratched or chipped. In some models, the
glass can actually explode if it has such imperfections.
logs properly. If your ceramic
logs are positioned improperly, the flame may generate
unhealthy levels of carbon monoxide.
gas fireplaces are equipped with Oxygen Depletion Sensors
that shut off the gas when the level of oxygen in the room
gets too low. So, if your
fireplace ever shuts off for no apparent reason and/or you
have a slight headache or dizziness, you may have a carbon
monoxide problem. Get some
fresh air immediately and have your fireplace inspected.