April 2013

Gas appliances free from buildup and debris operate more efficiently and use less gas. While you are sprucing up the rest of your house, remember these tips to keep your natural gas appliances in tip-top shape:

    Gas Grill

  • Check the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning your model
  • Scrub with a wire brush and soapy water
  • Heat grill before cooking to burn off any remaining cleaning residue

  • Furnace

  • Change filter monthly
  • Visit FilterChange.waltonemc.com to order filters and set custom reminders
  • Hire a licensed professional to inspect the unit

  • Water Heater

  • Set the temperature to 120 degrees
    (anything above 120 is unsafe and wastes energy)
  • Apply an insulation jacket found in your local hardware store
  • Have a licensed professional check for efficiency and buildup

  • Range

  • Remember to let it cool before cleaning
  • Remove grease, dust and other grime from cooking surface
  • Soak grates in warm, soapy water
  • For tougher buildup use a soaking solution of one cup vinegar to one gallon water

  • Dryer

  • Clean lint filter after each load to prevent accumulation
  • Only dry full loads but don't overload machine
  • Use the moisture detection setting to prevent over-drying and wasting energy

  • CO Detector

  • Test unit
  • Replace batteries if needed
  • Replace unit if more than five years old
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