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.
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.
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!
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.
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