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Looking After Your Gas Heater

Cleaning, servicing and maintaining gas heaters are essential for effective performance of the heaters. Dirt can hold up a smooth operation, waste gas and hinder safety. Cleaning the heater at least every two months and servicing it regularly, will give you the high efficiency you desire. It is good that you always refer to the user manual that comes with the heater; from there, you can learn how and when to clean your particular model of gas heater. The tips that will be shared here will also go a long way in helping you in the journey to ensure adequate maintenance for your gas heaters.

 

What You Need To Do

In this section, you will read all you need to know to look after your gas heaters effectively. They are simple, straightforward and effective. Read on!

  1. Each time you intend to clean your gas heater, it is important for you to first turn it off and shut the gas supply. After doing this, allow the heater to cool completely before you start cleaning any part of the heater.
  2. Dust all surfaces: As you may already know, you cannot dust with dirty cloth since your intention is to clean the heater. Therefore, get a clean cloth to dust all the surfaces.
  3. Make use of the blower of your vacuum cleaner or a can of compressed air to blow air through the slots, holes, and ports in the burner. You should stay at least three inches away when you do this.
  4. Check the heater’s instruction manual to find accessible filters. Never attempt to clean an inaccessible filter; it can be dangerous. It’s only the professional gas fitters that should clean that. In fact, there are some times when the filters will need to be completely replaced rather than being cleaned; get in touch with an expert for professional advice on that. For filters that are accessible, it’s safe to clean them yourself. You can use a clean cloth for that.
  5. To clean the pilot light equipment, you first remove the bracket that secures the pilot light assembly and the copper thermocouple. Then, unscrew the nuts that hold the pilot gas line and thermocouple. After this, place the pilot and the thermocouple on top of a clean towel. Use a brush to scrub any soot stain that is on the pilot. You can also use an air compressor in case you want to remove debris from the tip. Repeat the same thing for the thermocouple as well. Finally, tighten the nuts adequately.
  6. Duct registers of ducted gas heating systems: The hose attachment of your vacuum cleaner is also very useful. You can use it to clean the duct registers.
  7. If your gas heater has a fan, make sure you wipe it with a damp cloth regularly. In addition, you should vacuum any loose dirt.
  8. One final rule of thumb regarding the maintenance of your gas heater is that you should inspect it regularly.

 

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Professionals Can Help You

At Sydney Heaters and Pizza Ovens, we have experts who are ready to provide the necessary advice and service you need to maintain your heater effectively and improve its performance. Get in touch with us today.