August 02, 2023 3 min read
The electric patio heater is an excellent device for providing warmth in cold breezes. It also provides beauty to the surroundings. However, after prolonged use, they face accumulation of dust, dirt and debris, and can also corrode surfaces or damage heating elements, among other things. Therefore, it is important to inspect and clean your electric outdoor patio heaters frequently to ensure that they operate safely and efficiently. We've provided some routine maintenance steps below to help you keep your patio heaters in perfect working order for years to come.
Clean the exterior of your patio heater
Before you begin cleaning your electric patio heater, read the instruction manual. Your manual will give you specific instructions on what works best for your heater. First, if you want to scrub the surface, use a mild soap rather than an abrasive cleaner. The grit in abrasive cleaners may scrub away the finish of the exterior surfaces. If you have stubborn stains, you can also try a citrus cleaner for a stronger but less abrasive option. After cleaning with soap and water, rinse and air dry. When cleaning with water, make sure not to get the burner or pilot assembly wet. Once the patio heater is dry, you can apply some automotive wax to the exterior surfaces to make them shine like new. This will do wonders for the overall appearance of your heater.
Check your patio heater components
Periodically check for any cracks, dents, deformities or loose bolts on your patio heater. If you notice any serious damage, stop using the heater and hire a professional to fix the problem or replace any parts. Wiring corrosion is one of the most common operational problems for freestanding electric patio heaters and can be caused by exposure to the elements, curious creatures and old age. Inspect your heater regularly for frayed wires and broken insulation. Damaged wires cannot be repaired and must be replaced, so you will need to hire a professional electrician or electrical repair specialist to replace any damaged wires.
Store it properly
Severe weather conditions can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your patio heater. If you have a portable electric garden heater, store it in a garage, shed or barn during the winter months. When storing it, make sure it is upright and covered so that dust does not form on it. Make sure all seals and hoses are securely fastened to avoid damage. Also, you should make sure that your portable patio heater is kept away from areas that are prone to rain to keep the unit dry and reduce the rate of rust. When rainwater comes into contact with electricity, it is likely to cause electrocution. Water naturally absorbs substances that cause it to ionize. As a result, it promotes electrical conductivity, which can lead to electrocution. In addition, rainwater can corrode heater components. Corrosion will be faster near the coast and in areas with high pollution rates. You can also purchase customized covers for patio heaters, which help inhibit dust collection and prevent insects from nesting inside the components while in storage.
Schedule regular maintenance checks
You should always check your unit for dents, rust, and damage, but when it comes to a full maintenance check, you should leave it to the professionals. A professional will be able to properly inspect the inside of your Flame Heater to ensure that it is up to snuff. From there, they are fully equipped to offer the best advice on what needs to be done next. Rest assured that by maintaining your heaters regularly, they will last you for years to come. We recommend that you check your heaters every 6 months for regular use and annually for occasional use.
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