How Often Should I Service my Fireplace?

January 19, 2023
HVAC in Fieldale, VA.

Fireplaces are a beautiful and cozy addition to any home, bringing warmth and ambiance to any room. However, it is essential to remember that a fireplace is more than just a decoration. It requires regular maintenance and care. Routine maintenance and inspection of your fireplace can help ensure that it operates safely and efficiently and provide peace of mind that your family is safe.

When to Have a Fireplace Serviced

Although it is recommended that you have your fireplace serviced at least once a year, the frequency of servicing varies depending on the type of fireplace. Gas fireplaces should be serviced every six months because their systems are more intricate and require more maintenance than wood-burning fireplaces. Wood-burning and pellet stoves should be checked annually.

Risks of Not Servicing a Fireplace Regularly

The inability of the fireplace to be properly ventilated can cause injury and death due to the buildup of carbon monoxide in the home. Allowing the buildup of creosote and soot inside the flue can pose a fire hazard and create a blockage that can prevent proper ventilation. Broken pieces of the flue system may create blockages or prevent the opening of the flue for ventilation. The flue may also be blocked at the top of the chimney by bird nests or other rodents looking for a warm home.

If you need routine service on your fireplace in the Martinsville and Fieldale areas, it is best to call us at McKinney Heating & Air Conditioning. We have qualified technicians who will inspect and repair your fireplace, determine what needs replacement, and provide instructions on proper care. At McKinney Heating & Air Conditioning, we also offer residential and commercial HVAC services to keep your home or business comfortable. The services include installing, maintaining, and repairing air conditioning, heating, and indoor air quality systems.

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