How to Maintain Your Patio Heater without Much Hassle
There’s nothing like a patio heater for keeping you warm while spending the long summer nights outside in your garden among family and friends. Despite this heater not being needed for much of the day, once the night falls and the temperature drops significantly, there’s nothing that keep a large group of people warm quite like a patio heater.
Thus, it stands to reason that once you purchase such a heater, you should do all you can to care for it, maintain it, and (should the need arise) repair it when a fault occurs. If you’ve never owned an outdoor heater before, it’s fair for you to assume that maintenance of this sort requires a lot of effort. Whereas in reality, as long as you keep up good maintenance practices, you’ll find that doing so doesn’t cause you any hassle at all.
There are four main ways in which to maintain your heater to ensure that the great outdoors (well, your garden) doesn’t claim it for itself. These four main forms of maintenance are detailed below:
1) Remove Debris Frequently
It’s so important that you remove debris from your patio heater as often as possible. If you allow debris to collect, this may result in your heater to stop working as well as becoming potentially dangerous if certain debris inside your heater become too hot.
Debris that has a habit of becoming clogged into outdoor garden furniture, including heaters, includes:
– Spider Webs: Spiders love to make their home inside garden furniture, which can often cause your gas pipes to clog due to the enormous lengths of spider webs (and the significant number of spiders themselves) inside your patio heater.
– Grass and Mud: Often taken in the air, grass and mud can easily collect in your heater, especially during windy periods. As with anything – although having a small amount of this type of debris inside your heater isn’t going to hurt it – if you allow it to build up, it could eventuality claim the life of your poor, innocent heater.
– Twigs: These can be a fire risk when they find themselves lodged inside your heater, especially if they’re dry. Always remove twigs from your heater the moment you see them.
2) Clean Regularly
Aside from removing debris from your heater, you must also clean it regularly to ensure it looks great when used at night, especially since this tend to be used as the main source of heat for your family or friends.
Despite such heater being used for its ability to provide you with warmth above all else, it would be foolish to not mention that it is also an excellent source of light in your garden at night. There are many ways to light up your garden. So if you’re planning to use your patio heater as one of them, you should make a point of making sure it’s regularly cleaned so it looks spic and span for your guests when they sit down to have dinner with you.
3) Never Place on Sloping Ground
This type of heater is designed to be used upright; using it on a sloping ground can be incredibly dangerous as this can jolt around its insides, moving pieces around and generally putting them out of place for when you want to switch them on.
It’s equally dangerous, although for other reasons, to use a heater of this sort directly under a tree or overhanging bush. Even if the tree is significantly higher overhead, there’s a chance that the rising heat could singe the leaves up above (especially if they’re dry), which can do damage to the tree. There’s also a chance that should these leaves become hot enough, they can burst into flames as a result of the heat.
4) Place it Into Storage During Winter
There’s a good chance that you’ll find yourself using your heater well into the end of the summer, and potentially into the early autumn, depending on the temperature outside. Once it comes to wintertime, however, you must make a point of placing your heater into storage so it doesn’t become damaged by the sudden drop in temperature.
To store a patio heater over the winter months, make sure you:
– Follow your heater’s storage instructions carefully: There’s a good chance you’ll be advised to partially take it apart to allow for easier storage.
– Place a protective cover over it: This keeps debris and bugs (especially spiders; see above) out of your heater while it’s placed in storage.
– Check it all over when you bring it out again: Remove any dust or bugs that have managed to make their way in through the protective cover, and ensure all bolts are tightened.
In conclusion, maintaining your patio heater doesn’t require as much hassle as you may think, so long as you remove debris from it frequently, clean it regularly, never use it on a slope, and always place it into storage during the winter.
Alice Harrison is a writer who is currently working on a freelance basis for Bromic Heating, a leading supplier of premium outdoor heating solutions to both commercial and residential markets.