Ventless fireplaces and log sets provide excellent supplemental heat to your home during Winter months when you need it most. However, during the late Summer or early Fall, it’s best to taken advantage of the milder climate to ensure your fireplace is running effectively and efficiently.
All fireplaces need an annual inspection to ensure they are safe for use during the winter months when they may be used more frequently. Fortunately, Ventless Gas Fireplaces burn cleaner and have less maintenance required in comparison to their traditional wood fireplace counterpart.
An annual inspection is crucial for all gas appliances and regular maintenance is the essential to getting years of use out of your ventless gas appliance. Getting your gas log set professionally cleaned could cost a couple hundred dollars.
However, if you prefer to do it yourself, we’ve prepared a quick DIY gas log set cleaning guide down below. Keep in mind a professional will have the most experience and knowledge regarding the cleaning or maintenance of your gas log set. Should you have any questions or concerns at any time, it would prudent to call a professional.
DIY Clean Ventless Gas Fireplace Logs
To begin, first shut off the fireplace and allow it to cool for a minimum of 30 minutes before cleaning.
1. Clean up residual dirt around the burner with a vacuum.
2. Next, take a picture of the arrangement of your logs before removing them. This will allow you to place the logs back in the same order after cleaning. If the logs aren’t placed in the same exact order, during its next use soot might be produced.
3. Vacuum the area underneath where the logs were.
4. Locate the Oxygen Depletion Sensor (O.D.S). Using a can of compress air, flush out any potential debris.
5. Locate a small hole in your air intake system, and flush it out with the same can of compressed air. This should clean any debris out of your burner port holes.
6. Using the picture you previously took, reassemble your gas log set.
For information on the maintenance of your ventless gas fireplace, look in your Owner’s Manual or find it online at FactoryBuysDirect.com under product manuals. For additional maintenance information, consult a certified professional.
Cleaning Glass on Ventless Fireplace
After purchasing a brand new ventless fireplace, it’s important to ensure it is properly cured. This is achieved by running the unit at it’s hottest heat setting for at least 5 hours. During this time, your ceramic logs will be properly cured and any remaining residue from the manufacturing process will be burned off.
Overtime, minerals in the build may build up on your glass and create a cloudy, white colored film. If you notice this film obstructing your view, it may be time to clean the glass of your ventless fireplace. As previously mentioned, if you prefer to do it yourself, we’ve prepared a quick DIY down below. However, a local certified professional will have the most knowledge and expertise regarding cleaning and maintenance of your ventless fireplace.
Before beginning the cleaning process, take heed of the following warnings:
- Don't use oven cleaner that has ammonia
- Don't use an abrasives like comet
- Don't use paper towels
1. Turn off the fireplace and wait a minimum of 30minutes, or until the glass is cool, to open the glass.
2. Remove the glass and place it on a soft surface, such as a towel, where it will not break.
3. Pour 2 teaspoons, or less depending on how dirty the glass is, of cleanser on the glass.
4. Using a soft cloth, slowly spread the cleanser on the glass in a thin, even layer. Lets this sit for 15minutes or until the cleanser is completely dry.
5. Slowly wipe off the cleanser.
6. Repeat the last 3 steps (3-5) on the other side of the glass so both sides are clean.
7. Carefully place the glass back into your fireplace as it was previously positioned.
With proper precaution and cooling, cleaning your ventless gas fireplace can be a breeze. However should you have any questions or concerns during the process, you should call a professional for additional information. Cleaning and maintenance of your gas log set or ventless fireplace should be completed annually to ensure it runs efficiently throughout the longer winter months.