Once you have decided that purchasing a fireplace is right for your home and family, it is essential that you make sure that you do everything necessary to maintain it throughout the years for optimal performance. Lyric Fireplaces are great investments for homes. They provide an additional heating source, look beautiful, and can be the focal point of any room. There are endless options when it comes to styles and types of units that there is an option for just about everyone that is interested in installing a fireplace in their home. However, after the fireplace is installed and operating, it is up to the homeowner to ensure that it is working as it should and that they are taking the necessary steps to maintain the unit through the years. Here are a few simple maintenance tips to keep your fireplace working and warming your home.
- Set Up A Yearly Inspection
Just like taking care of yourself, your chimney and fireplace should be inspected on a yearly basis to enusre it is working as it should be. During the inspection, your chimney will be cleaned as well as checked for any issues. The flammable, oily, and ash filled residue that can clog up a chimney will be cleaned out which is absolutely necessary.
- Clean Out Ashes
If you have a wood burning fireplace, you will undoubtedly have a build up of ashes. Clean out the firebox on a weekly basis to prevent unwanted fires and accidents. Coals can continue to burn for up to three days so it is important that the box is cleaned regularly and everything is cold. You can use a hand vacuum to clean out the ashes and dispose of the wood outdoors.
- Clean Trimmings
Aside from performance, you want to ensure that your fireplace is looking as beautiful as it did the day that you had it installed. For brass trimmed units, clean them on a biweekly basis to make sure that beautiful shine is consistent.
- Check Gas Fireplaces Regularly
Make sure that the vents of your gas fireplace are clear and clean. Make sure that the pilot is on and working as should be. Check around the unit for cracks and punctures.
- Check Electric Fireplaces Regularly
While electric fireplaces are a bit less work on a regular basis, they still have to be maintained. Lyric Fireplaces offers both gas and electric units and both should be maintained regularly. Check the wires to ensure that they are not frayed. Make sure that all of the connectors are hooked up securely. Vacuum your unit regularly as well.
Having a fireplace in a home adds a cozy feel and wonderful heat source during the cold months. Maintain your unit to make sure you can use your fireplace for years to come.