How to Keep Your Fireplace Insert in Tip-Top Shape

A fireplace insert is a great addition to any home, providing warmth and ambiance during the colder months. But like any other appliance, it requires proper maintenance to function at its best. Here are some tips to keep your fireplace insert in tip-top shape:

Clean the Glass Regularly

The glass door of your fireplace insert can get dirty and clouded over time, which can reduce the efficiency of your fireplace. To keep the glass clean, use a non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth. Make sure to let the glass cool down completely before cleaning it.

Check and Clean the Chimney

A dirty or blocked chimney can lead to poor performance and even safety hazards. Have a professional inspect and clean your chimney at least once a year. You can also use a chimney cleaning log to remove any buildup of creosote and other debris.

Replace the Gaskets

The gaskets around the door of your fireplace insert can wear out over time, leading to air leaks and reduced efficiency. Replace the gaskets every few years or as needed.

Keep the Firebox Clean

Ash buildup can reduce the airflow and efficiency of your fireplace insert. Make sure to remove any ashes regularly and clean the firebox with a brush and vacuum. Avoid using water to clean the firebox, as this can damage the refractory panels.

Check the Fan and Blower

The fan and blower in your fireplace insert help circulate the warm air throughout the room. Make sure to check these components regularly and clean any dust or debris that may accumulate.

Use Proper Fuel

Using the wrong type of fuel can damage your fireplace insert and reduce its efficiency. Only burn the recommended fuels, such as seasoned hardwoods or manufactured logs.

Maintaining your fireplace insert is crucial to its performance and longevity. By following these tips from our experts at Energy House, you can ensure that your fireplace insert will provide warmth and comfort for years to come.