Have you jumped into the shower only to discover that there’s no water? Or have you moved into a rental and found out the kitchen stove is broken?
We don’t normally notice our hot water system, cooktop and heater until they stop working. But all they need is basic care and maintenance – and these essential appliances will run efficiently and serve you and your family for a long time.
An average home will have at least one or more of these appliances: gas stove or oven, gas heater, BBQ grill and gas hot water system. As a general rule, you should have a licensed technician check your gas appliances at least once every couple of years. But between services, here are a number of things you can do to care and maintenance your gas appliances:
Ovens, Cooktops and Rangehoods
Gas heaters are not used during the hotter months and they gather dust. When it’s time to use the gas heater again, clean it thoroughly with soapy water before connecting your gas fire.
Don’t use a gas heater that has not been certified by the Australian Gas Association and has no plates showing it is compliant with current emission requirements.
Hot water systems are generally reliable but they should be given a quick check at least once or twice a year to save you from expensive repairs.
Limit the bathroom water temperature to 49 degrees Celsius when in use, or 60 degrees Celsius, when not in use, by installing a temperature control valve. Avoid turning the temperature further down to prevent the growth of microscopic nasties and pathogens.
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