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Schedule a Routine Checkup for Your Garage Heater

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WHY DO THIS?


Most expensive or potentially dangerous garage heater failures can be prevented if problems are diagnosed and repaired in the early stages. Call a service technician and schedule a routine checkup for your garage heater to keep your family protected from fire hazards and ensure that your heater will last all winter.

15 MINUTES
EASY

What You'll Need:

  • mild dish soap
  • soft rag

How To:

  1. 1

    We wouldn’t recommend trying this yourself! These complex systems can be dangerous because they’re powered by strong electricity or gas, and they require extensive knowledge and experience to properly maintain. Call a certified service technician to make sure everything is done safely and correctly. The best time to schedule your check-up is early fall, just before the beginning of the heating season.

  2. 2

    Before the heating technician appointment, clean your heater’s cabinet (this is the outer casing around the heater) with a damp rag. Avoid using an abrasive cleaner, because your cabinet is finished in heat resistant baked enamel, which can be damaged by these cleaners. Instead, use mild dish soap. Note: Make sure your heater is unplugged and turned off before you clean it!

  3. 3

    Make sure that nothing is obstructing the circulation of air around your heater. Keep all furniture and storage containers at least four feet away from the cabinet.

  4. 4

    Here’s a quick checklist of tasks to review with your service technician:

    - Clean any dirt and/or lint from the fan blades, fan motor and exposed air passages
    - Inspect the pilot burner and adjust if necessary
    - Inspect the burner flame
    - Inspect and test the controls
    - Inspect the vent air system, making sure that nothing is blocked, rusted or damaged
    - Clean and reseal the air vent system
    - Clean and service the burner

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