Written by Mike Shupe

It’s that time of year again. We’re reaching for our thermostats and asking our heating systems to keep us warm. Whether it’s your gas log set or wall unit, the time has come to fire up the heaters and get comfy. Most heaters and heating systems are all too often forgotten when it comes to regular maintenance. Did you know your gas logs and heaters need regular maintenance?  Just like our automobiles and gas powered lawn equipment, your heating systems need regular maintenance to maintain peak efficiency. In fact, most manufacturers recommend at least one service yearly to maintain optimum performance.

Pilot System

Typically heater manufacturers will advise you to use a qualified HVAC service person to clean and inspect your heating systems yearly. The gas heater check should not only include a thorough cleaning but also include a gas pressure check. Cleaning regiments will include removing dust, lint, and pet hair from the heater’s burner and controls area with compressed air. The pilot and ODS systems should be inspected to make sure they are clean and free of dust and debris.  Most pilot systems can be cleaned with compressed air via the air inlet port on the pilot assembly. (See picture below - When cleaning pilot assemblies always blow air in the direction the gas travels). Also remember to put a fresh set of batteries in the hand held remotes and remote receivers for your gas appliances with remotes.

These simple cleaning steps play an important role in keeping your vent free appliance burning cleanly and efficiently. Remember when you are using your vent free appliance, limit the use of fans as they can disrupt the normal flame pattern and possibly cause a sooting issue. Keep in mind vent free appliances use ambient air as part of their combustion process, so steer clear from using candles and potpourri while using your vent free appliance as these can also lead to a sooting issue. With regular maintenance and cleaning, your vent free appliances should give you years of clean and efficient heat.

Salesman Mike Shupe

Mike Shupe

Read Mike's Bio