Spring is in the air. And with the warmer weather and blossoming flowers comes a reminder: It’s time to start spring cleaning.
Spring cleaning is a great opportunity for homeowners to ensure their propane system is properly maintained. So before you break out those barbecue tongs, be sure to use this short list of areas you should focus on this year.
1. Propane Grill
If you’re not deep cleaning your grill after multiple uses, it can start to affect the taste of your food. Take a look under the grates – the buildup inside your grill, unfortunately, does not enhance the flavor. To extend the life of your propane grill, you need to do more than scrub down the grates between every use.
We suggest deep cleaning your propane grill at least twice per year. If you haven’t used your propane grill since last fall, you should have it inspected by a qualified professional before its next use.
2. Propane Oven
How often do you clean your oven? Most people avoid it entirely, although modern ovens are made with self-cleaning features. If you’ve neglected your oven all year long, it’s time to face the music and start deep cleaning.
Check out this step-by-step guide to cleaning your oven and see for yourself how a little baking soda can go a long way.
3. Propane Tank
The propane tank itself might not need cleaning, but it’s important to ensure the area surrounding your tank is clear. Remove combustible materials like long, dry grass, wood, and any debris that are within 10 feet of the tank.
4. Propane Water Heater
To keep your water heater running at maximum efficiency, you need to flush your water heater out annually. Over time, sediment builds up inside the tank, negatively affecting your water heater’s overall effectiveness. The buildup causes the water heater to works even harder, meaning time, energy and money start to add up.
If you think it’s time to upgrade your water heater, you can skip the cleaning altogether and invest in a more efficient system instead.
5. Your Propane Furnace
The U.S. Department of Energy reports that propane furnaces heat residential homes for about half the cost of electricity. While you might not be as worried about staying warm in springtime, regular system maintenance is necessary if you want to keep your furnace at top performance. Maintaining your furnace requires more than just changing filters, however.
To keep your furnace running and avoid costly leaks – have it serviced annually by a professional. This added step of maintenance can help extend the life of your furnace and preemptively detect any blocks or leaks within your furnace.
If you have any additional questions on cleaning your propane appliances or would like to schedule a residential service call, please call (404) 497-1600 to get in touch with a Georgia Gas Distributors representative today.