Do you plan on installing a gas fireplace in your home? You need to understand the many key working components to properly service and run this type of device. While this isn’t a complete list, you’ll find the main and most essential parts that go into a gas fireplace below.
The firebox is what holds all the working parts that make up a gas fireplace. This includes all the appliances you need to light a gas fire in the hearth. The frame can be steel or cast iron and protects the back of the hearth from exposure to combustible material.
The area around the hearth and firebox must seal off; this is where the fireplace front comes in. This covering fills any gaps in the walls and protects your eyes and face from the heat the gas emanates. Fireplace fronts also keep the combustible materials that light the fire inside the hearth away from items in your home.
Blowers and Vents
In order to keep any exhaust gases from entering your living space, the fireplace must have a vent. The most common vents are direct or power ones. However, some gas fireplaces don’t have this key component and instead use a high-efficiency burning system that limits the BTU output.
A blower is necessary to circulate the heat the gas will give off throughout the room the fireplace is in. This also prevents an excessive amount of heat from escaping through the vents.
Fireplace Media or Controls
Finally, you can’t control the temperature and other functional parts of the fireplace without a fireplace media box or control panel. On top of controlling the temperature, this device allows you to keep an eye on the gas emission output. Problems with it can arise at times, though. Fortunately, if your control panel ever malfunctions, you can contact a gas fireplace service technician immediately. Remember to refrain from using the fireplace until you can fix the issue to prevent even more major complications from arising.
Other components of gas fireplaces include liners, gas lines, ignition systems, and accessories. Follow the best practices for maintaining your fireplace. Annual inspections are still necessary for this type of fireplace, so contact Chimcare today to receive your yearly service.