Two cases can lead you to replace the chimney insert glass, either it has broken or it is completely cracked. If you use a professional, you will probably save time. However, carrying out the repair work yourself is much more economical. When choosing the second alternative, it is important to follow certain steps to ensure that the new glass is installed properly. This is an easy operation. Here is the right technique to adopt.
Get a new fireplace insert glass
The first thing to do is to check the references of the chimney insert glass by basing your research on the manufacturer or brand. Take the opportunity to find the right parts. To do this, you can go directly to the manufacturer’s website and use the measures you have taken as keywords. Make sure that the dimensions match to the nearest millimetre so as not to distort your results. The length of the seal must be integrated into your measurements to order the right glass.
Prepare the necessary equipment
To be organized in the work to be done, first make sure you have all the tools and materials available. Remember that handling glass requires a lot of skill. You must be absolutely vigilant to avoid any accident. Prepare all your work equipment. Here is a non-exhaustive list of what you need:
– A wrench to unscrew the bolts
– A parker or flat spin depending on the glass model
– A new seal
– A tube of glue usually used for a fireplace joint or insert
– A brush
– A new fireplace inserts glass
– An anti-seize spray to facilitate the removal of recalcitrant bolts
– A polish cream
– A brush
Proceed with the replacement
Once all the equipment is available, you can then start work. The first thing to do is to take the measurements. This step is essential to have the right references for the purchase of the new fireplace insert glass. To do this, you must remove the door. Lay it on the ground before gently spraying each screw to unblock them all. When you have removed all the fixing brackets, gently pull the glass out of the frame. Above all, do not allow any debris to remain in the latter so that it is easy to integrate the new glass into it. Keep the frame intact. Take the replacement gasket and then position it around the glass you have just purchased. When everything is in place, when the contours are even, insert everything back into the door frame. Using the screwdriver, return the fixing brackets to their initial positions without forcing them. All you have to do is put the door back in place and light the fire again.