Choose Smalling Masonry for Gas Log Set Installation & Servicing
Is a new gas log set right for you? Is “gas fireplace installation near me” frequenting your recent Google searches?
Some homeowners may like the idea of an old-school, masonry fireplace. Getting up first thing in the morning, chopping wood, and hauling it back to your cabin in the woods to start a roaring fire sounds like the retreat of a fall fanatic’s dream. But life as a lumberjack doesn’t sound as appealing when it’s time to get up before sunrise in the dead of winter to gather wood to get a fire going. Suddenly, you wonder why you still have a wood-burning fireplace at all.
There was once a time when having a fireplace meant that you had to chop and store firewood. We’ve reached a point where wood is just one of many fuel sources available to homeowners. Electricity is growing in popularity and gas may be the most common choice after wood.
So, where do you stand? Ready to make the switch from wood to gas? For homeowners in the Indianapolis area – and countless cities surrounding – Smalling Masonry is here to help. Call or reach out online with questions now.
What Is a Gas Log Set?
Gas log sets are decorative gas appliances that look like a real wood-burning fire. They are a stack of ceramic or refractory logs that are placed inside an existing fireplace, and are connected to a gas line that provides either natural gas or propane as the fuel source, all to create a fire-like effect. Gas log sets come in vented and vent-free options.
Does My Gas Log Set Need Regular Servicing?
Gas log sets offer a lot of benefits over wood and electricity, but they can have issues just like any home appliance. Because of this, they should be serviced and inspected annually – just like any other fireplace system.
But wait… don’t these burn cleaner? Why are annual overviews still a must?
Well, for one, a gas log set that is experiencing issues won’t heat your home as efficiently, meaning you won’t be getting your money’s worth out of the system. And, two, a damaged or malfunctioning gas appliance could be leaking harmful fumes (like carbon monoxide) into your home.
Here are a few of the more common things homeowners may run into with gas log sets
- Pilot Light Issues. The pilot light is a small blue flame that should stay lit indefinitely. Sometimes, the pilot light can go out. If it happens once or twice, it’s not usually a big deal, but if your pilot light goes out repeatedly or you have trouble restarting it, you need to call in a technician to get to the bottom of the issue. It could be a technical problem, like a malfunctioning thermocouple, or there could be something wrong with your gas flow.
- Gas Leaks. You need a steady supply of gas or propane for a gas log set. Gas leaks can occur due to damaged or deteriorated gas lines, loose connections, or defective valves. A gas leak is considered an emergency and you should contact a professional immediately.
- Soot Buildup. As you use your gas log set, you may start to notice soot, dirt, and other debris gathering on the logs. Not only does it not look great, but it can reduce the logs’ efficiency.
These are just some of the many things that could go wrong, which is why regular servicing from professionals like us is so imperative. Call today or book online to get an appointment set up.
How Do I Care for a Gas Log Set?
Like we’ve mentioned, gas log sets are similar to wood-burning fireplaces in that they need regular inspections and maintenance. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) strongly suggests annual inspections and cleanings, no matter what type of fireplace or chimney you have.
You can also wipe down the gas log set yourself in between professional cleanings. Just be careful not to damage it, and check your manufacturer’s instructions before proceeding with any cleanings – and remember to turn off your gas!
How Often Do Gas Log Sets Need To Be Replaced?
A gas log set that’s been well-maintained can last up to 10 years. But, keep in mind, more frequent use can increase wear and tear. During an annual inspection, one of our CSIA-certified technicians will be able to advise you as to whether or not you need a new gas log set.
Make the Switch to Gas With Smalling Masonry
Ready to make the jump into the world of gas-sourced heating? You won’t regret it. Call Smalling Masonry to schedule an appointment at 317-903-8121 or get in touch with us online. Our team of experienced and certified technicians is waiting and eager to tackle your next project.