The end of 2010 is rapidly approaching, and as we prepare to begin another journey around the sun I’d like to give you a few annual maintenance tips that will ensure a safe and warm holiday season and a properly working fireplace for the new year.
We recommend scheduling your annual maintenance with a qualified technician from your local Lopi dealer, but many of these tasks can be performed yourself. Be sure to refer to your Owner’s Manual as more detailed instructions about daily and annual maintenance may be found there. Make sure the appliance is completely cooled prior to conducting service. If any problems are found contact your local dealer to schedule an appointment.
GAS APPLIANCE OWNERS…
- Clean the glass with a soft cloth and fireplace glass cleaner. Inspect the gasket around the glass; make sure it forms an airtight seal against the face of the firebox.
- Clean the log set with a damp cloth to remove soot and dust.
- Clean the air channels, ducts, and blower (if applicable.)
- Check the burner, pilot, and interior firebox for cracks, warping, or damage.
- Inspect the gas control valve and gas lines for cracks or wear. Make sure all the connections are tight.
- Replace the Power Backup batteries.
- Check the vents for blockage, as they tend to be inviting spots for birds, spiders and insects to build nests. Remove all debris and vegetation from the vent termination. If you have a chimney be sure to have it cleaned by a certified chimney sweep.
- Light the pilot and turn the fireplace on to inspect the flames.
- Last but not least, test your carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries if needed.
WOOD APPLIANCE OWNERS…
- Vacuum the air duct and blower (if applicable.)
- Inspect the firebrick and baffle. Make sure the bricks are intact and have no gaps between them.
- Check the secondary air tubes for severe deterioration. Confirm the pushpins hold the air tubes in place.
- Check the door gasket; it should form an airtight seal with the front of the firebox.
- Clean the glass and inspect it for cracks. The glass gasket should also form a tight seal against the door.
- Examine the chimney for creosote build-up (this is what causes chimney fires.) Have it cleaned by a certified chimney sweep. Remove all debris and vegetation from the vent termination.
PELLET APPLIANCE OWNERS…
- Inspect the exhaust venting system for fly ash and soot. Clean if necessary.
- Clean the exhaust and convection blower.
- Examine the chimney for creosote build-up (this is what causes chimney fires.) Be sure to have it cleaned by a certified chimney sweep. Remove all debris and vegetation from the vent termination.
- Check for air leaks around the door, glass, and ash pan. Replace the gaskets if necessary. Clean the glass with fireplace glass cleaner.
- Clean the pellet logs with a damp cloth to remove dust and soot (if applicable.)
With proper care and attention your Travis pellet stove will last you for generations to come. Click below to view our Pellet Homeowner’s Video.
From all of us here at Lopi we wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!