Must-do main­te­nance for your heat­ing ap­pli­ances

Sackville Tribune - - REAL ESTATE -

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.

Por­ta­ble heater

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.

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