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Looking After Your Gas heater

If you’re looking for a wide selection of gas heaters, Sydney is the place to be. Our showrooms at Sydney Heaters & Pizza Ovens have nearly fifteen gas heaters, ranging from Exuro outdoor models to Real Flame Heatseekers that fit flush into the wall. Gas heaters offer numerous advantages including style, temperature control, and instant ignition. Plus you don’t have to worry about smoke, emissions, sparks, ashes, or bulky fuel logs. Gas heaters often come with artificial kindling to mimic wood fires.

The other benefit of gas heaters is they require little to no maintenance, though you do need routine service once or twice a year. If you detect a gassy smell, switch off the heater immediately and call a gas plumber to check and repair potential leaks. You can also ask your supplier to change your gas bottle when it’s empty, just to make sure the hose is tightly attached and the gauge is properly secured.

As for routine cleanliness, your heater manual has clear care instructions, so that’s a good place to start. Sydney gas heaters don’t need as much attention as wood burners, which have to be emptied after every use to get rid of ash and embers before restocking fresh logs. However, a residue can still accumulate in gas heaters, wasting fuel, releasing toxic fumes, and risking lethal gas fires. Clean your heater every two or three months to avoid this.

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To clean effectively, you’ll have to dismantle the heater. Turn it off and wait for it to cool completely before you fiddle with it. Use a clean cloth to wipe off any surface dust, and before taking anything apart, check the instruction manual for a diagram, so that you know where every part goes and how it fits. You want to be sure you can put it back together later.

Gas and water don’t mix, so you should clean your heater parts using compressed air at a maximum pressure of 30psi. You can also use a vacuum cleaner or a blower. Place your cleaner 2 inches away and blow into any open slots, ports, or holes, including the gas inlets and outlets on the burner.

Confirm which filters are accessible and clean those with compressed air. Inaccessible filters that need specialised tools or are hidden behind panels should only be serviced by your gas fitter. Wipe removable filters with a clean rag, or soak them in a mixture of water and vinegar to get rid of accumulated grime. Dry them completely before re-assembly.

You can also use pressurised air, clean rags, or a vacuum cleaner’s hose attachment to clean air ducts and fans. The more complex bits should be handled by your gas fitter, who can use a wire brush and air compressor to clean the pilot light, unscrew the brackets, and service the thermos-coupling and gas line. The brush can get rid of any soot or dirt deposits. Make sure your gas fitter is licensed and authorised for your brand, to avoid messing with the warranty.

For more tips on looking after your gas heater, call Sydney Heaters & Pizza Ovens today on 1300 938 346.