Spring Cleaning for Your Propane-Powered Home
Now that we’re into April, it’s a good time to get down to some serious spring cleaning! When you’re putting together your at-home to-do list in the coming weeks, don’t forget to include a little TLC for your propane appliances.
Here’s a short list of tasks to keep in mind for your propane-powered equipment this spring.
- Propane grill – According to the National Fire Prevention Agency (NFPA), nearly one-quarter of all grill fires in the U.S. are caused by improper grill cleaning. Before you start up your propane grill for the first time this spring, do a deep cleaning of your entire grill, including an, around, and under the grating. It’s also a good idea to check your grill for leaks and refill or order new propane cylinders if you need to.
- Propane range – If your propane range has a self-cleaning feature, spring is a good time to use it. You can also try using baking soda and vinegar.
- Propane tank – Clear away any lingering fall and winter debris from around your outdoor propane tank – especially anything that can burn (dry grass, leaves, wood, etc.). Try to keep a clear 10-foot perimeter around your propane tank.
- Propane water heater – Flush your propane water heater to remove excess sediment from the storage tank. This sediment will reduce efficiency and could eventually cause a water heater breakdown. If you have noticed a drop off in water heater performance (higher than average bills, for example), or if you notice any other water heater warning signs (unusual sounds, rusty water, and leaks, to name three), it could be time for a water heater upgrade.
- Propane furnace – Spring is the perfect time to get heating system maintenance – qualified technicians are more readily available than they are in the late summer and early fall, and you will also get to enjoy the benefits of routine maintenance (better, more reliable equipment performance and lower bills, for example) for the whole season. Don’t worry, the benefits of a heating system tune-up will last through the spring and summer cooling seasons!
Have any more questions about getting your propane appliances ready for the spring and summer months? Just ask – we’re here to help. And if you need maintenance for your propane equipment, schedule an service appointment today.