The Importance of Regular Maintenance of Your Gas Appliances
As the owner of gas appliances, it is your responsibility to ensure they are regularly maintained so they are safe for you and your family. Here are some general safety guidelines for your gas appliances:
- Do not let small children near gas stoves or any gas-burning appliances.
- Always use gas appliances according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Before moving a gas appliance, always make sure to turn the gas off.
- Sounds obvious, but don’t search for a gas leak using a match.
- A lazy yellow or orange flame may indicate the presence of carbon monoxide.
- Properly store combustible and flammable items (spray paints, adhesives, hairspray, etc.)
- Remember that appliances are not heaters (an oven should not be used for heating the home.)
- Use decorative gas logs with care.
There are specific things you need to do to care for each of your gas appliances, and they differ based on the appliance. Here are some guidelines for maintenance on certain common gas appliances:
Your heating system needs to be kept clean and well ventilated. You should also check for gas leaks, these are usually fairly easy to spot – generally, there will be a gas build up on the floor, or you will smell gas around the heater area. Worn out or defective parts should be replaced immediately. If your heater has filters, make sure they are cleaned and replaced according to the manufacturer’s instructions on a regular basis.
Gas Ovens and Cook Tops
The best way to maintain your gas oven and cook top is to consistently keep it clean (follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions). You should also have a qualified contractor come and inspect your vents, connections, and rangehoods for corrosion and blockages at least every other year.
Before attempting any type of maintenance on your fireplace, always make sure the gas valve is turned off. The ventilation system is something you definitely want to check when doing maintenance on the fireplace. If there are any blockages or anything impeding the ventilation system from working, it should be fixed right away. Check out the fake logs as well, they can become dirty and even break after time. Also, the glass door on the fireplace should be cleaned every 1-2 months of any residue.
Gas Water Heater
Always keep the temperature of your water heater at around 49 degrees Celsius. An important thing to do to keep your water heater safe is to check the pressure valve. This is a valve that releases pressure if the tank over pressurizes. If this valve isn’t working properly, the tank could explode. If you smell gas, you should call your gas supplier immediately and have them check for leaks.
Regardless of what type of gas appliances you own, it will likely require some type of maintenance. Always be sure to consult the manufacturer’s manual so you can be aware of what your specific appliance requires in the way of maintenance and safety. At Oceanside Services we’re here to help with any gas issues you may have. Call our friendly team of qualified gas fitters now on 07 5520 7100.