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The Ultimate Propane Spring Cleaning Guide For Your Home

Add These Tasks To Your To-do List!

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With the warmer weather arriving here in the Seacoast Region, we’re itching to get outside and have some fun after a rough winter.

We’re also having to tackle spring cleaning in our homes. While you make your task list, we have some things related to your propane appliances that you need to do.

Clean Your Propane Grill

Be ready for grilling weeknight dinners and having friends and family over for a cookout by doing a thorough cleaning of your propane grill. Here’s what to do.

  • Preheat the grill for 15 minutes on high heat then turn off the grill. 
  • Turn the gas off – either on the propane tank or the gas line.  
  • Clean the grill using a grill-cleaning brush dipped in water or another grill-cleaning tool. Don’t lean over the grill while cleaning, as this should create plenty of steam.
  • For tough grease spots, add dish soap to the water or a grill cleaner.
  • Once the surface has cooled, wipe the grate with a damp cloth to remove residue or brush bristles.
  • Remove burners from the gas supply line and remove blockages to the burner’s gas ports using a dry wire brush.
  • Clean the burner valve with soapy water and run water through the inside of the valve.  
  • Clean the inside of the grill using a wire brush and warm soapy water and rinse with water. Towel-dry the burners and reinstall.
  • When washing the outside of a stainless steel grill, use a specially formulated stainless steel grill cleaner and microfiber cloth. Ceramic, porcelain, and painted steel surfaces can be cleaned using soap and water.  
  • Always store your propane grill and propane tanks outside. Never operate a propane grill indoors.
  • Keep the grill protected with a grill cover.

Get your heating system a tune-up

After this winter, your propane furnace or boiler has earned its spring break. Make sure it’s ready to go in the fall by getting it its annual maintenance tune-up now.

Because the heating season is winding down and air conditioning season hasn’t started, our service schedule is more open, so you’ll be able to schedule the tune-up at a time that best fits your schedule. If our service technicians spot a problem, it’s easier to fix now.

Clean Your Propane Oven

You likely gave your propane oven a workout this winter, between the Thanksgiving turkey, weeknight casseroles, and the baked treats you were inspired to make after binge-watching The Great British Baking Show. If it’s been a while since you’ve cleaned your oven, end the procrastination and get it done. Follow the directions on this blog to do a proper job.

Take Care Of Your Propane Clothes Dryer

Vent blockage can dramatically reduce the flow of air to the dryer. Not only can this drive up your energy costs, but it can also create a fire hazard. Clean your propane clothes dryer’s exhaust fan using a brush made for this job. You can find one at your local home improvement store or online.

Drain Your Water Heater Tank

This task is necessary to prevent the buildup of sediment in your water heater tank. Sediment forms when minerals in your water supply harden into sand or grit; over time, a buildup of this material can insulate the heating element of your water heater, decreasing its effectiveness. It can also lead to corrosion of the tank, causing it to fail. Watch this video to see how it’s done. You can avoid this chore by upgrading to a propane tankless water heater, and get endless hot water on-demand.

P. Gagnon & Son has experienced, skilled service technicians you can trust with your home’s heating, cooling, and comfort equipment. Contact us today to schedule your spring maintenance tune-up!