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How Often Should You Replace The Logs In A Gas Fireplace?

Know the Signs That Your Gas Logs Are Wearing Out

gas fireplace Henry County, VA One of the nice benefits of having a gas fireplace instead of a woodburning fireplace is that you don’t need to mess with firewood or kindling, or the ash and mess after they’re burned. With a gas log set, you can choose from a wide variety of styles of wood species and whether you want a neat pile or a more rustic set up. Then, all you need to do is push a button when you want to enjoy a cozy fire, and push a button when you’re done.

Of course, the sturdy logs will eventually wear out and need to be replaced, but the timing can depend on whether they are vented or vent-free, how well you care for them and how often you use your gas fireplace. A well-maintained vented log set with ceramic logs can last a decade or longer. A similarly well-maintained vent-free log set with ceramic logs can also last a long time, but, if heavily used, will begin to wear in five years or so.

Gas Log Maintenance

Your gas log set should be professionally inspected every year. The technician will be checking to make sure all the pipes and connections are in good shape. They will also look for cracks and breaks in the logs. If the logs are beginning to break down, they will need to be replaced.

Vent-free log sets should have the ember bed and logs cleaned to remove any buildup. If you have vented gas logs, you’ll need to have your chimney inspected and swept once a year, too.

5 Signs It’s Time for New Logs

Even with annual maintenance, there are a number of signs that indicate your gas logs may be starting to wear out. If you notice any of these warning signs, it’s about time to replace your logs.

  1. Cracked or broken: Cracks, chips, or breaks may appear suddenly or gradually over time, but when they become noticeable you need to replace your log set.
  2. Uneven flames: If flames are flickering or uneven, it’s usually indicating that one or more of the small gas jets are blocked. While this is an easy repair you need to call a pro.
  3. Unfamiliar noises or popping sounds: Unusual popping sounds are most often a signal that your logs are starting to break down.
  4. Unfamiliar smells or odors: If you smell a rotten egg smell, turn off the fireplace and leave the house, then call us or 911. Review propane safety guidelines so you know what to do if you smell gas any time in your home.
  5. Won’t ignite or shut off: If your logs don’t ignite or shut off, the problem may be with your gas line. Call for a professional technician to come out and inspect your fireplace.

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