Natural Gas Appliance Maintenance & Safety Tips
21 April, 2021
Now more than ever, saving energy is extremely important. But, in order to properly save on your appliances, you need to know how to safely use them and keep them up to date. Keeping up the maintenance with your natural gas appliances is vital to keep them working properly, and keep you safe.
General Gas Appliances
These are tips that can apply to all of your gas appliances, you may have in your home. Go through this list to be sure you stay on track to have your home in good standing.
- Have your natural gas appliances inspected yearly by a qualified professional or utility provider. Appliances age, just like us, by simply getting them checked out, you can stay on top of their condition, and save yourself money by always being aware.
- Never store items near a natural gas appliance that might interfere with normal appliance airflow. This is a big safety hazard, you want to be sure there are no items blocking the airflow getting to the gas-fired appliances, so they can work properly.
- Never store or use highly flammable products in the same room as any natural gas or heat-producing appliances. These products include gasoline, spray paints, solvents, insecticide, adhesives, foggers, and other pressurized containers. This is pretty self-explanatory. If you have flammable products near the appliances and use these products carelessly, it could result in a fire.
- Never use your oven, range top, or outdoor barbecue to heat your home because these appliances are not designed for this purpose and can be a safety hazard. Please, only use the appliances for their intended use because if you don’t, what could happen will be out of your control.
- Check for safety recalls that may affect your appliances at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website or by calling the CPSC at 1-800-638-2772; TTY (301) 595-7054.
Natural Gas Dryer
Here are some safety precautions to follow regarding your natural gas dryer, to reduce the risk of a fire or injury:
- Always vent your natural gas dryer outdoors. It is extremely unsafe to exhaust into an attic, chimney, wall, ceiling, or concealed space.
- Use only approved metal vent ducting material. Plastic and vinyl materials are not approved for natural gas dryers.
- Inspect the exhaust duct regularly to ensure that it hasn't become crushed, kinked, or otherwise restricted. This could block or backup the duct, resulting in it not working, which is not what you want.
- Periodically clean out the interior of the exhaust duct. This work should be performed by a qualified professional only, please reach out to them to perform it.
Range and Oven
The range is a kitchen appliance that contains both the stove and the oven inside it. Stove refers to the stovetop that contains burners. Here are some safety precautions that need to be taken for these appliances:
- Keep the burners and range top clean and clear of any debris or grease, to prevent grease fires.
- Don’t install aluminum foil in the oven or range top; it can interfere with exhaust vents.
Please be sure to go through these thoroughly, and revisit them frequently to keep your natural gas appliances in good working order. These tips will help you prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, fires, and other hazards to your health and safety.