Inspect and Clean the Ignition System
If you Have an HPC electronic ignition or a HPC push button flame sensing unit, it is important to inspect the ignition system and its’components. Start by removing the lid of the blow out box. Then check and remove any debris. Debris trapped in the blow out box can clog the pilot orifice and prevent gas flow to the pilot hood. Clean the ignition system removing any dirt, spider webs, or debris that may have accumulated. An effective way to remove debris is utilizing compressed air. Next, inspect the thermocouple for damage or carbon build up. A damaged or dirty thermocouple can negatively impact the flame sensing technology of the ignition system and cause potential drop outs. The thermocouple can be cleaned with a soft brush or a clean cloth. If there is damage to the component, a new thermocouple can easily be ordered. Inspect the igniter for any damage, cracks or wire damage to the igniter. Once all the components are confirmed to be in good condition, the blow out box lid can be replaced. Lastly, the media can be placed back into the pan. Be sure to keep the lid and upper perforations of the blow out box free from media.
Visually inspect the gas connections of your fire feature for any signs of wear and tear or damage. Ensure that all connections are tight and secure. If you detect any issues or have a concern with any gas connections HPC highly recommends consulting a gas professional to address them. HPC advocates for safety and advises that it is best to leave repairs of gas line connections or any leads to licensed professionals.
Inspect Ventilation and Drainage
Ventilation and drainage are very crucial components to your HPC Fire Inspired fire feature. Be sure that all the ventilation openings are free of leaves and debris. Check that there is proper air flow to the enclosure. Keeping your drains free from debris is vital especially during winter. Built up ice and debris can prevent water from egressing from the enclosure thus causing the to be flooded.
Store Removable Components
Remove and properly store any removable components; such as remote-control transmitters, wind guards or decorative elements . Storing these components indoors during the winter months protect them from harsh outdoor elements. When the unit is not in use it is best to utilize a cover as an added layer of protection for your investment.
Covering your HPC fire feature is the single most important maintenance that the owner can do to protect and extend the lifetime of you fire feature. Whether it’s a vinyl cover or some kind of hard cover, keep the cover on it during long periods of nonuse. This is critical especially during the winter months to shield the unit from snow, ice, and other harsh weather conditions. This helps prevent corrosion and extends the life of the fire pit.
For those locations who don’t experience harsh winter weather, it remains just as important to do regular maintenance checks. It is important to burn your unit as often as you are able. Running your appliance regularly allows any moisture to be burned away keeping your unit in tip top shape.
Consider scheduling an annual professional inspection. A qualified technician can perform a comprehensive examination of the gas components, connections, and overall functionality of the fire pit. If you have any questions regarding winter maintenance for your HPC gas fire feature, you can find our installation/maintenance instructions on our website at hpcfire.com or contact our HPC NFI certified technicians.
Proper winter maintenance is crucial to the performance and longevity of gas-burning fire pits. By following this detailed guide, you can ensure that your HPC Fire Inspired fire pit remains in excellent condition, providing warmth and enjoyment for years to come. Always refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines and consult with professionals if you encounter any issues or uncertainties during the maintenance process.
If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at
937-436-9800. Let our NFI certified technicians provide guidance around all your fire design needs.
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