Warmer weather is here, spring is in the air and there’s no better time to start those spring cleaning chores that you’ve had on your to-do list for the past few months - but remember, don’t forget about your propane-powered appliances.
To ensure you extend the lifespan of your propane appliances and that they are as environmentally-friendly, cost-effective and energy-efficient as they were when you first bought them, it’s important you clean them.
To help, Budget Propane Ontario has created a list of the propane appliances you should focus on this spring and the tips you need to know to clean them properly.
1 - Propane tank
It’s unlikely that your propane tank itself will need cleaning, but it’s crucial to ensure that the area surrounding your tank is clear. Keep a 10-foot perimeter around your propane tank clear, and ensure any combustible materials - such as long, dry grass, leaves, wood or debris - is removed.
2 - Propane grill
Whether you are scrubbing your grill grates down after every use or not, you still need to do more. In fact, grills that aren’t cleaned properly are one of the leading causes for house fires across North America.
You should perform a deep clean of your propane grill at least twice per year, and if you haven’t used your grill since last fall then it’s also a good idea to have it inspected by a qualified professional before you next use it.
3 - Propane oven
Just like your propane grill, your propane oven needs to be cleaned regularly - even if it is a self-cleaning oven. Make sure you are properly cleaning the oven’s stovetop, burners and any other features that it may have.
4 - Propane furnace
Propane furnaces can heat homes for around half the cost of electricity. Even though you won’t be using them throughout summer, regular system maintenance is still necessary if you want to keep your furnace performing to its optimum level.
You’ll need to do more than just change your filter. It’s a good idea to get an annual service from a professional, which will help you avoid any expensive leaks or blockages and extend the life of your furnace.
5 - Propane water heater
Over time, sediment builds up inside the storage tank of your propane water heater and this negatively affects its overall effectiveness. That’s why to keep your water heater running at maximum efficiency its important to flush it out annually, which will remove the sediment and prevent your water heater from breaking down.
6 - Propane fireplace
It’s likely that you now won’t be using your propane fireplace until next winter, but it’s important you clean it before that time comes back around. This will help you to avoid the buildup that gathers on the pilot of your fireplace - the more this builds up the harder it is for your propane fireplace to work.
Are you looking for more tips on cleaning your propane-powered appliances, or simply want to receive a propane quote from a propane supplier in Ontario, Canada? Contact us today. We would be more than happy to help.