Winter is finally coming to an end, which means you can begin to think about closing up your pellet fireplace for the season. There’s more to it than just closing the door—you’ll want to clean everything up properly to ensure that your pellet fireplace will continue to work well for you for years. Ignoring these steps can lead to long-term problems for your stove.
Turn it Off
The first thing you should do is disconnect your fireplace. Let everything cool completely before you go any further.
Clean the Glass
You will first want to clean the glass. It’s important to use the right cleaning material—a heat-safe formula that’s designed for glass. There are some glass cleaners on the market meant specifically for wood stoves. Use a soft cloth and wipe the glass clean.
Clean the Interior
The next thing you’ll want to do is clean the interior of the stove and clean the hopper completely. You can either contact a service technician or use a stove vacuum to clean everything out. Ash from the stove can cause damage to a regular home vacuum cleaner.
While the stove is dormant, it’s a great time to call a service technician to get an inspection. The tech can ensure passageways are clear and see if any parts need replacing. It’s easier to do a checkup in the warm months than waiting until the middle of winter when you really need the heat.
If you are considering a new heat source for your home or cabin, contact Hi-Tech Appliance. You’ll be put in touch with one of our pellet fireplace sales experts who can help you get the right unit for your home. In addition, we specialize in pellet fireplace service for when you need your annual checkup.