Keeping the Heat On: Essential Cleaning and Maintenance for Outdoor Heaters

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Outdoor heaters are becoming essential additions to any patio or outdoor space, allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors even when the weather turns chilly. To ensure these appliances operate efficiently, safely, and have a long lifespan, regular cleaning and maintenance are crucial. In this guide, we’ll explore various types of outdoor heaters and provide a step-by-step plan for keeping them in tip-top shape.

Understanding Your Outdoor Heaters

Before delving into maintenance for your outdoor heaters, it’s important to understand the types of outdoor heaters available:

  1. Propane Heaters: These heaters use propane gas to produce heat and are among the most common outdoor heating options.
  2. Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are energy-efficient and easy to use, making them a popular choice for smaller outdoor spaces.
  3. Natural Gas Heaters: These heaters are connected to your home’s natural gas line and provide a steady source of heat.

Selecting the right heater for your space is the initial step in ensuring efficient heating and simplifying maintenance. If you’re uncertain about the ideal choice, we provide a complimentary design service where our Heating Experts can help create a personalized heat plan for you.

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What Cleaning & Maintenance is Recommended for my Outdoor Heaters?

Pre-Cleaning & Maintenance Precautions

Regardless of your heater type, start with essential safety precautions before embarking on any maintenance:

  • Begin by turning off the heater and allowing it to cool down completely.
  • Look around the heater for any flammable materials or obstructions such as bird nests or fallen leaves that may pose a fire hazard.
  • For gas heaters, ensure there’s proper ventilation to disperse exhaust gases and perform regular checks for gas leaks using a soapy water solution. If you detect a leak, shut off the gas supply and seek professional assistance immediately.

Establishing a Regular Cleaning Routine

Maintaining your outdoor heater not only enhances efficiency but also minimizes the risk of fires and hazards. Begin by gently wiping dust and debris from the exterior of the heater using a microfiber cloth. Avoid harsh chemicals or excessive water during cleaning, as these can lead to rust and corrosion.

For gas heaters like the Tungsten Gas or Platinum Gas models, it’s advisable to have a professional inspect the gas source for clogs and debris at least once a year to ensure proper gas flow. Incorporating regular cleaning into your routine is a proactive approach to prolonging your heaters’ longevity.

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Conduct Seasonal Maintenance

In addition to cleaning your outdoor heater, seasonal maintenance is essential to keep your outdoor heaters in peak condition. Replace any worn-out, damaged or missing components.

For gas heaters, inspect internal hoses and connectors for wear and tear. Replace them as needed and tighten any loose connections to prevent gas leaks. Remember that all Bromic’s outdoor heaters are covered by a 1-year part warranty, apart from the Platinum Electric Marine outdoor heater which is covered by a 5-year part warranty for land-based applications. In addition, the Tungsten Electric heater elements are covered by a 7-year warranty with proof of purchase provided. Find more information on Bromic’s Warranty Terms and Conditions, here.

For more information about the proper maintenance of your outdoor heaters, be sure to check the corresponding Installation Manual.

Proper Storage of Your Outdoor Heaters

Proper storage is key to protecting your outdoor heaters from the elements. Store portable outdoor heaters, such as the Tungsten Portable outdoor heater, in a dry, sheltered location like a garage or shed. Alternatively, cover them adequately to shield against dust and debris when not in use.

It is recommended that fixed heaters, both gas and electric, should be mounted under covering to prolong the life of the heater. Heaters exposed to the elements should be thoroughly inspected prior to seasonal use.

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Maintaining your outdoor heaters properly is essential to ensure they operate efficiently, safely, and for many seasons to come. Even with regular cleaning, seasonal maintenance, and proper storage, occasional issues may arise. Don’t worry; Bromic’s Technical Support Team is here to help with anything from ignition problems to uneven heating. With the right care, your outdoor heater will continue providing warmth for countless enjoyable moments outdoors.