Maintain your gas appliances the right way!

These days it’s pretty common to find gas pipes and extensions in a modern home but there are still houses that are without. It’s often a case of sheer luck that the next house you purchase comes with a gas appliance you may be unaware of.

Never fear! In this article, we’ll go over some of the most common household gas appliances and how to service and maintain them for a safe and efficient gas appliance. Remember, whichever gas appliance you may have, regular servicing is vital.


Gas Stove

It’s likely you already know how to keep your regular stove clean. But there are a few differences to maintaining your gas stove. Make sure that you wait until it’s cooled down before you clean it, preferably five to ten minutes after cooking so that it’s still just a little warm. This is the ideal condition.

Use a washcloth or a soft brush to clean your grates, if your stove is dead cold, warm your washcloth to gently wipe your burner covers, grates, and covers. Then make sure the covers are completely dry before placing them back.

Clean out clogged burners to not only improve their efficiency, but to avoid any accidents that can occur from gas leaks or overheating. Remove the burner heads and soak in soapy water, then rinse, leave to dry, and reassemble.


Gas Oven

Before you clean your oven, consider how often you use it and what you cook with. You might think your oven is clean but crumbs of food and oil residue from previous uses will remain. Thinking about how those old food particles are mixing with your newest dish is enough to motivate anyone to clean their ovens daily.

Use a baking soda and water solution (1 cup each) to scrub the inside of your oven. Allow the mixture to soak overnight (up to 12 hours). Also, consider pouring vinegar into a bottle with a trigger spray and apply the solution to the inside of your oven. Do this while using a damp cloth to wipe it clean. 


Gas Grill

A gas grill is something you’ll want to clean after each use. Just be sure to wait after it cools down! These tips can also help you with a regular grill so keep them in mind. Of course, there are a variety of different detergents to use so be sure to check your owner’s guide to ensure you use the correct one.

When cleaning remove and soak the grates for at least 30 minutes in a bucket of hot, soapy water. Then use a wire brush to clean off any remaining grime. Use a vacuum cleaner to suck up any loose debris inside of the grill & wipe away any grease on the inside panels. You can’t go wrong with a Weber braai cleaner & mist spray. 


Gas Fireplace

A gas fireplace is a perfect fixture to keep your house warm and inviting. Since the colder months are upon us, now is the best time to get it into shape! It may not be as DIY as the others but it’s entirely possible to clean it out on your own without the hassle of paying for a professional. 

First, you’ll need to ensure that your gas mains or off then disassemble the fireplace (This is entirely dependent on the design and make of your fixture.) Carefully remove the logs then use an unspoiled paintbrush or hand broom to dust off the logs or any other ornamental piece. Once done, vacuum away excess dust and polish your glass and metal fittings, wipe down the mantle, and reassemble as per the user’s manual. 

Ensure that you are regularly maintaining and cleaning your Gas fireplace (Once every three months) to avoid the eventual build-up of soot and creosote. 

If you’re not confident enough, you can always contact a professional!


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