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Gas Fireplace FAQs

Sep 28th 2021

Making the decision to install a gas fireplace in your home is not only a matter of finding the right one but understanding how gas fireplaces work and what you can expect in the years to come. If you’re ready to make a gas fireplace an integral part of your indoor or outdoor space, let’s dive into some of the most frequently asked questions that will address some of the questions you will likely have about your desired product.

What Brands Can I Find at Fireside Appliance?

Fireside Appliance offers a host of excellent gas fireplace brands that will help you get the perfect look and functionality, regardless of whether you’re shopping for indoor or outdoor fireplaces. Some of the top fireplace brands that you can find in our catalog of products include Astria, Empire Fireplace, and Fireplace Xtraordinair, just to name a few.

If you’re interested in learning more about how gas fireplaces work for the specific brand you like, you can reach out to speak to a sales expert for additional support.

How Do You Maintain a Gas Fireplace?

This is one of the most common gas fireplace questions. Gas fireplaces are much easier to operate than their traditional wood burning counterparts, but they still need upkeep every now and then. Please note that at Fireside Appliance, we do not offer maintenance on our products, but we can provide you a few essential tips:

When it comes time to do some spring cleaning, turn off your gas valve, clear the glass and interior of any streaks and debris, double-check the ignition and vents to make sure everything is clear and working optimally, then put everything back together. You should also do some further research to understand how gas fireplaces work so you can maintain them more effectively. When in doubt, consider working with a contractor to help install and maintain your new product.

How Long Do Gas Fireplaces Last?

Gas fireplaces typically last anywhere from 15 to 25 years, although this depends entirely on the quality of the product and how well you maintain it. If you have a gas fireplace insert, replacing your old model is as simple as taking it out and purchasing a new one to install in its place.

What Common Issues Do Gas Fireplaces Experience?

Not knowing how gas fireplaces work can make simple issues seem more challenging than they really are. While we do not offer maintenance, we can direct you with some troubleshooting tips to help identify the problem aso you can fix it yourself or find a professional who can do it for you.

  • If your gas fireplace is not lighting, look for the pilot to make sure that it’s lit. If it’s not, you can light it with a long match or a long-neck lighter. In some cases, there may be an issue with the thermocouple or thermopile, which will require repairs.
  • If your gas fireplace smells at first, this may be the result of the factory production burning off while your gas unit is in use. If the smell continues to stay in the area and you believe it’s gas, it may be the result of an obstructed vent or a gas leak. Check for both these issues and contact the necessary professionals for help.
  • Noise is to be expected as this is a normal part of how gas fireplaces work. However, if noises persist and are abnormal, it may be a sign that something in your fireplace needs to be fixed.

Doing some independent research may help you troubleshoot any other questions that arise for your particular gas fireplace brand, as well.

What Is the Difference Between Vented and Ventless Products?

Gas fireplace questions don’t just cover how gas fireplaces work, but what types of products are out there as well. One question you may have is in regards to vented and ventless products. Put simply, vented gas fireplaces function in a similar manner to traditional wood-burning air as they rely on air for combustion and produce carbon emissions, which must be filtered out of the home. Meanwhile, ventless products don’t produce emissions, which results in more heat in your home and less of an impact on the environment.

Making the choice between the two boils down to preference.

What Is the Difference Between Freestanding and Built-in Fireplace Inserts?

There’s a slight difference in how gas fireplaces work when it comes to freestanding and built-in fireplace inserts. Freestanding gas fireplaces emulate the function of the traditional wood-burning stove, which heats spaces efficiently by covering all of the area in front and around the fireplace. Meanwhile, built-in fireplace inserts are easily installed into a place in a wall or island to deliver warmth (for which most gas fireplaces are efficient, especially if they’re ventless). As with the above, your choice of fireplace boils down to preference!

How Can I Get My New Fireplace?

Inquire for a quote or speak to a sales expert about what you’re looking for in a new gas fireplace. Here at Fireside Appliance, we carry quality fireplaces at affordable prices and a 30-day price match guarantee. We also offer delivery and installation options, and we have financing available for you as well. All you need to do is call or visit one of our locations near you.

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