Signs Your Fireplace Needs a Tune-up and Maintenance

Fireplace After Winter

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Tis’ the season to be curled up indoors, sipping hot cocoa and enjoying the toasty heat of your fireplace! Not only does a fireplace create a cozy ambience, it also generates imperative warmth for the long and chilly winter months. With this being said, it is essential to keep your fireplace maintained throughout the year to ensure it functions properly in the months you need it most. If you are suspicious that your fireplace is not functioning properly, here are a few signs you need a tune-up.

Pilot Light Problems

Similarly to a furnace and other household systems, the malfunction of a fireplace’s pilot light is often an indication of a problem. Most fireplaces will come with a manual or instructions that assist in troubleshooting if your pilot light is not functioning properly. If the instructions or google are unhelpful, there could be a broken thermopile, which may need to be replaced, or even faulty wiring. In this case, you will need to contact a professional for maintenance and to pinpoint what the issue may be.

Fireplace Wont Turn On or Off

The most typical sign that your fireplace is in need of maintenance is if it will not turn on! This issue can indicate quite a few problems. It is first important to make sure your thermostat is turned on, as well as check the fuel supply to ensure it is connected to your gas valve. It is possible that the fuse of your fireplace has blown, therefore it is important to call a professional for assistance.

Sulfur Smell From Fireplace

If your fireplace starts to smell like rotten eggs, it is an obvious sign that maintenance is needed. Rotten eggs indicate a gas leak, which can be hazardous to the safety of your home. The chemical “mercaptan” is added to gas to help homeowners indicate when there has been a leak with its unavoidable scent. If you smell rotten eggs, it is important to leave your house and contact 911 or an HVAC professional immediately.

Fireplace Wear and Tear

Like any appliance or system in your home, there will be wear and tear, and therefore necessary maintenance to keep your systems working efficiently. It is very normal for components of your mechanical units to wear out, especially  when there are long periods of time that they are not in use. Therefore if you have noticed issues with your fireplace, it is safest to turn it off until an HVAC technician can perform a thorough inspection.

If your fireplace is in need of maintenance or a tune-up, CampbellCare’s highly trained professionals understand the mechanics of a fireplace, and they know how to fix it. So if you have a problem you don’t understand, get in touch with us. We’d be happy to send a service person out to you right away.

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Whether you need a deep cleaning, inspection, or you want to repair your fireplace, so it is ready for the next winter season, let the team at CampbellCare help with your to-do list. Our team not only installs fireplaces but also helps maintain and inspect gas fireplaces to ensure that they are safe for our customers.

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