Getting Your Propane-powered Home Ready for Winter

Getting Your Propane-powered Home Ready for Winter

Written on: November 8, 2021

Make sure you’ll be comfortable and safe all winter long

winter home prep kentuckyIf you’re starting fall housecleaning at your home, your to-do list may be long.

We have seven tasks to add to it so you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits that propane provides to your home.

Propane range

We’re coming on the time of year we’ll be using our propane range a lot, what with Thanksgiving, holiday baking, and holiday parties and dinners. Make sure your propane range is ready.

Most propane range cleaning does not require strong chemicals. Wash the burner caps in hot, soapy water. If needed, scrub them with a paste of baking soda and water. When cleaning the range surface, do not use brushes, scrubbing sponges or steel wool as they can scratch and damage the surface.

Remove the grates and soak them in hot, soapy water for about an hour. Take them out and rub them with a baking soda/water paste made and let the grates sit for a half hour. Use a scrubbing sponge to remove all the burnt-on gunk. Rinse, then dry them promptly. To prevent rust, season them. First, rub them thoroughly with a neutral oil and put them in a 350˚ oven for 30 to 45 minutes. Let the grates cool, then apply another coating of oil. Heat the oven to 450˚ and bake the grates for 45 minutes. If you don’t want to do this indoors, you can use your propane grill.

Propane fireplace and gas logs

Make sure your propane fireplace or fireplace insert and gas logs are ready to keep your home cozy and comfortable this winter. Get an annual maintenance tune-up ahead of then. This tune-up clears debris from vents, checks the gas line for leaks, checks the glass and fixes any breaks, and cleans the gas logs. All of this helps your fireplace run safely and at its best efficiency.

Propane water heater

Flushing your propane water heater once a year is recommended to remove any extra sediments from the storage tank over time, which will decrease efficiency and the water heater’s life expectancy. Don’t want to deal with flushing your water heater? Switch to a high-efficiency propane tankless heater!

Propane clothes dryer

Use a brush designed for this express purpose to clean the exhaust fan of your propane clothes dryer (you can find them at your local hardware store or online). Vent obstruction can severely limit the amount of air reaching the dryer, resulting in longer drying times, higher energy costs, and a potential fire hazard.

Propane heating system

If you haven’t gotten your home’s furnace or boiler its annual maintenance tune-up, now is the time! You’ll be assured that your heating system is running at its peak efficiency, so you’ll spend as little as possible on heating costs. It also gives your service technician the chance to spot problems and fix them before they lead to a breakdown and no-heat emergency.

Propane and carbon monoxide detectors

Check batteries and test all the propane leak and carbon monoxide (CO) detector units in your home. CO detectors five years old or older need to be replaced. If you don’t have propane detectors, we urge you to install them. Many people think that if their home has a propane leak, their carbon monoxide detectors will sound an alarm. However, most carbon monoxide alarms are ineffective at detecting propane.

Propane tank

Clear the space around your propane tank, paying special attention to anything that can burn (dry grass, leaves, wood, etc.). Try to keep a 10-foot perimeter around your propane tank debris-free. Make sure the path from your driveway to your propane tank is safe and keep a clear path to it when snow falls.

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