Why Every Fireplace Needs a Tune Up
December 15, 2016
If you look at your fireplace, you might question why you need to have a tune up every other year, or even every year. After all, why can’t you just let it run to the end of its life and then buy something new?
While you can do just that, it is not the recommended course of action, particularly from HVAC professionals. Engaging in preventative maintenance and making sure your fireplace has a tune up on a regular basis will improve your life in the long term. Keep reading for more reasons why every fireplace needs a tune up.
Doubles Equipment Life
Fixing small issues before they turn into big ones can help you increase the lifespan of your fireplace. You may even double its life! Even something as simple as a worn bearing in your fireplace can put unnecessary stress on it. The harder your fireplace has to work, the shorter its usefulness will be. Other things to watch out for that can put unneeded strain on your fireplace include dirty parts, a worn gas log, or loose wiring.
If your fireplace has to work harder, there will come a point where it will simply be unable to operate at its peak efficiency. This often results in your house not being as warm as you would like. If you are lucky, you have other options to heat your home. However, many people only heat their homes with a fireplace, which means if it is not performing well they have to deal with colder temperatures.
If your fireplace has to work harder to heat your home, you are actually using a lot more energy than necessary. This means your energy bill each month will be much higher than it actually needs to be. Regular fireplace tune ups mean you can keep your fireplace operating with minimal energy use. It will obviously still be using some, but the reduction in energy use will save you quite a bit of money on your next bill.
Prevents Costly Repairs
If you do not engage in preventative maintenance and fail to have regular tune ups for your fireplace, at some point your fireplace may stop working when you need it the most. This means two things for you. First, you will have to deal with a colder home. Second, you are likely facing a single costly repair, or even a bunch of problems that add up in cost. You still have to pay a fee for regular maintenance, but this is much less than a serious repair or complete replacement.
Keeps Your Family Safe
As you may be aware, a compromised fireplace increases the risk of a fire breaking out in your home, which puts your family at risk for smoke inhalation, burns, or other serious consequences. In addition, a fireplace without regular tune ups can be emitting high levels of carbon monoxide, which is a colourless, tasteless, and odorless gas toxic to humans and animals if inhaled in high enough concentrations. Minimize the risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning by scheduling regular tune ups for your fireplace with the professionals at Hogg!
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