A fellow agent friend of mine just paid a chimney sweep company $179 to clean her gas log fireplace this morning. It's a brand new house with a brand new ventless gas fireplace not even a year old.
Now I know, if you have a regular, wood-burning fireplace, you should clean it out once per year. I called the only 2 chimney sweep companies we have in town, and they said you should have your gas fireplace cleaned once per year. But of course they're going to say that! That's how they make their money. It seems to me that my friend is getting "raked over the coals," so to speak. I laughed at her for being over-cautious and being duped by the chimney sweep. What on earth could he have swept?
Ventless gas firplaces have no soot, no ashes, what's the deal?
I googled the question and found no acceptable answer. There are a couple of DIY sites that show how to clean your own fireplace, and a few used phrases like, "your yearly inspection." But none gave any indication of how often you should have one cleaned.
I ask you Active Rainers, does anyone who is not a chimney sweep, have an answer?
I'd love to have more fuel for the fire for my friend.