Propane Appliance Maintenance
Last month, we discussed what to do in case of a suspected propane leak. This month, we’ll talk about how to keep your propane appliances properly maintained so that leaks and other issues can be avoided.
Help your appliances “breathe” by checking the vents of your appliances to be sure that flue gases can flow easily to the outdoors, and clearing away any insect or bird nests or other debris. Also, clear the area around your appliance so plenty of air can reach the burner for proper combustion.
Do not try to modify or repair valves, regulators, connectors, controls or other appliance and cylinder/tank parts. Doing so creates the risk of a gas leak that can result in property damage, serious injury or death.
Have older appliance connectors inspected. Certain older appliance connectors may crack or break, causing a gas leak. If you have an appliance that is more than 20 years old, have a qualified North Shore Oil technician inspect the connector. Do not do this yourself, as movement of the appliance might damage the connector and cause a leak!
Flammable vapors are a safety hazard. The pilot light on your propane appliance can ignite vapors from gasoline, paint thinners, and other flammable liquids. Be sure to store and use such liquids outdoors or in an area of the building containing no propane appliances.
Don’t risk it! If you cannot operate any part of your propane system, or if you think an appliance or other device isn’t working properly, call North Shore Oil for assistance.
Leave it to the experts! Only a qualified North Shore Oil service technician has the training to install, inspect, service, maintain, and repair your appliances. Have your appliances and propane system inspected just before the start of each heating season.
If you have any questions or concerns about the condition of your propane appliances, contact North Shore Oil right away. We hope this information helps keep you and your family safe so that you can enjoy your summer and the warm weather ahead!