For many potential homebuyers, a fireplace is a major selling point in a home. In addition to providing heat and warmth in the winter, they give a room elegance and ambiance all year long. Without being a fireplace expert, however, it can be difficult to identify the type of fireplace you have in your home.
Identifying the type of fireplace you own can be extremely useful, especially when it needs to be repaired or replaced. Being able to identify the type of fireplace you own can also save you valuable time when attempting to troubleshoot problems. Below are several of the most common types of fireplaces along with their identifying characteristics.
Gas Log Fireplace
Many homes have had their existing wood burning fireplaces retrofitted with gas logs. Gas logs replicate the look of a wood burning fire but with the ease of use of a gas appliance. Over time, the delicate logs may shift or become damaged while being cleaned or maintained. Likewise, you may want to update an older gas log to one with a more modern or realistic look. Replacing gas logs should be done professionally as even slight variations in placement can affect both safety and efficiency.
Direct Vent Fireplaces
Direct vent fireplaces do not use air from inside the home for the combustion process. Instead, they operate by bringing cold air in through the chimney and removing the byproducts of combustion the same way. Because of this, they can be used without opening windows and without risk of the backflow of smoke or gas into the home. Direct vent fireplaces also continue to work even when the power is off.
A fireplace insert is a self-contained system designed to burn more efficiently than traditional open hearths. Inserts can burn a variety of fuel sources including wood, gas, or pellets. If your home has an existing fireplace insert, it is important to check to make sure it is installed correctly. Improperly installed fireplace inserts can cause lingering smoky smells, excessive buildup of creosote in the chimney, and backdrafts from temperature differentials.
Finding the Make and Model
Whether your fireplace unit needs minor or major repairs, you will need to be able to identify the manufacturer, make, model, or serial number from your specific unit. Often, the easiest way to do this is by referencing the owner’s manual. If you cannot find the owner’s manual or it was not transferred between home owners, try looking for the fireplace’s identification plate or rating label. These identification tags are often found below or behind the fireplace’s lower louver, and can be seen by lowering the louver. Typically the identification tag will be stamped on the floor or attached to the gas line.
If you are unable to identify the type of fireplace in your home or cannot find its identification plate, contact The Cozy Flame. Our expert staff can help you identify the type of fireplace you have, as well as make recommendations for appropriate replacements.