Monthly Archives: July 2011

Should a Handyman Work on Your Gas Fireplace?

After 25 years of servicing gas fireplaces my knowledge has only to do with the laws of the State of Utah as I am not familiar with other States and their regulations. In Utah – anyone that works on a gas fireplace must be certified as a Natural Gas Technician by the Rocky Mountain Gas Association. The law pertains to fireplace professionals, heating and air conditioning technicians, and anyone else attempting to service a gas fireplace – including handymen and well-meaning neighbors and brother-in-laws.

If the person working on your fireplace is certified as a Natural Gas Technician, has a business license, and is insured – the next thing you will want to make sure of is his years of experience. Don’t leave the safety of you and your family in the hands of unqualified individuals – no matter who they are. Gas fireplaces are not the simple appliances that many people assume. Without the right equipment and knowledge, your fireplace could be left in a very dangerous state. Natural Gas and Carbon Monoxide are not to be taken lightly and having certified technicians with the right equipment to test for leaks is extremely important.

There are also many safety features on your fireplace that must be tested and assured that they are working properly. I have been on way too many service calls where individuals have wired past the safety features – why someone would do that I have no idea. Don’t let just anyone work on your fireplace, even if it will save you a couple of dollars. The consequences are not worth it.

Whoever you choose to service or repair your gas fireplace, make sure you ask to see their Natural Gas Technician card – by law they must have it on them when working on your gas fireplace.

An important thing to remember, as stated by the fireplace manufacturer in your owner’s manual – Make sure you have your gas fireplace serviced yearly to keep it safe, efficient, and looking new for years to come.

Adding a Fireplace to Your Home – Is it worth the investment?

This article brings to light the importance of making sure you install a furnace rated fireplace in your home and not an out-dated inefficient and expensive masonry fireplace. It also prompts me to stress the importance of doing your own research and finding those people that actually know what they are talking about – rather than so called “experts” whose specialty is just writing articles.

It is not new news that masonry fireplaces are costly and extremely inefficient. The majority of earth-friendly home builders do not incorporate these fireplaces into the energy efficient homes that are being built today. They are installing furnace rated gas fireplaces that cost less than $1000 dollars and often operate more efficiently than the average furnace and heat the areas you spend the most time in. This type of fireplace can reduce the cost of running your furnace and pay for itself over time. As energy costs rise – the time to recoup your return on your initial investing shrinks considerably.

Who wouldn’t pay more for a luxury that warms your body as well as your soul – all while paying for itself and providing a peaceful environment to gather around and enjoy.

A Regularly Serviced Fireplace Helps Keep You and Your Family Safe.

Over time – fireplaces accumulate dirt, dust, rust, spiders, bugs, flying ants, and all sorts of surprises; the critters and dirt usually start out as minor issues but are often the source of serious damage and unsafe operating conditions that you can’t see. Regular service will help keep you safe while lengthening the life of your fireplace.

Fireplace owners are rarely aware that their fireplace should be serviced yearly by a professional.

Gas Fireplace and Pellet Stove Manufacturers Strongly Advise that your fireplace or stove be serviced by a qualified fireplace service technician each year.

Yearly Service can help save you from costly future repairs due to normal wear, tear and neglect, but it will also help save on fuel consumption by making sure that the fireplace is operating cleanly and at it’s most efficient capacity.