MY SERVICE CHARGES ARE:
$200.00* Service/maintenance Monday thru Friday.
$225.00 Weekend Rates
This includes diagnostic and repairs or general maintenance service to your gas fireplace; gas leak detection and repairs.
I DO OFFER SENIOR AND MILITARY RATES!!!
*1st 1 1/4 hr, prorated 2nd plus hours of $100.00 if needed, trip charge may be applied in some areas.
1. When cleaning the glass to your gas fireplace, always use a ceramic glass cleaner. Ammonia based cleaners, over time, can leave a rainbow effect in the glass, and also damage the glass by breaking down the ceramic which will give the look of cracks in the glass, or the look of spider webs on the glass.
2. If your fireplace is equipped with a heat activated fan motor, during the burning season you should vacuum under the inside of the unit once a month or every week, if you have pets, because the motor pulls room air through the bottom louvers of the fireplace and blows the air out the top. The squirrel cage will start to collect lint, dust and pet hair particles on to it and this can make the cage uneven and possibly bend the metal rod which will, in either case, cause the fan to rattle and vibrate during operation. Also, the particles can absorb the lubricants to the motor which will cause the motor to seize up or screech. At which time, for both scenarios, the fan assembly will need to be replaced!
3. If you notice a dripping sound coming from the fireplace area or have visible water present during or after a rainy day, it may be time to have either your chase cover inspected and replaced or the storm collar around the vent cap re-caulked or BOTH. If you have noticed either of these situations, it is very important to have them addressed! The water may cause your fireplace to rust out on the top, damage the venting, but most important, may cause water damage and mildew to the homes structure, not a cheap repair!
4. Always have the above special done annually, because a clogged burner or pilot; sooty logs; old orange embers on the burner and an improper log placement can cause sooting on the side of your home. Additionally the unit will take longer to heat up which means you are using that much more fuel/gas and the dirty inefficient flame will shorten the life of the fireplace components.
5. I recommend shutting off your pilot light during the summer months for these two reasons:
1. The pilot light is still using fuel/gas for no reason during the summer months when the fireplace is not in use.
2. The pilot light is still generating heat, which is making the room it is in even hotter during the summer months and making a air conditioner work even harder to keep your home cool!
I HOPE THESE FEW TIPS WILL HELP YOU AND DON'T FORGET TO HAVE YOUR FIREPLACE PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED AND INSPECTED ON A YEARLY BASIS!