Must-do maintenance for your heating appliances
Using a heating appliance that isn’t connected to your home’s central heating system always presents a certain amount of risk. To be both safe and warm this winter, make sure to maintain your heating appliance. Not only will you rest easy, but the appliance itself will work more efficiently.
Wood-burning oven or fireplace
Get your chimney inspected and swept once a year. Always remove ashes once you’re done with the fire and keep the glass and walls of the unit clean.
Wood pellet stove
Use high quality pellets — they leave less ash than inexpensive brands — and always empty the ash trap before it gets full. Keep the burner, glass and exterior of the stove clean and free of dust.
Natural gas or propane stove
When it comes to these appliances, yearly inspections are a must. However, when combustible gases are involved, it’s best not to attempt to do maintenance or repairs yourself: always hire a professional.
Before using it for the first time of the season, and then periodically over the winter, wipe the heater with a damp cloth; just be sure it’s unplugged and cool to the touch. If there’s a filter, keep it clean.