With the month of December just around the corner, we’re all layering up even more at DiSanto Propane. Northeastern winters can be downright brutal, and it’s important to stay warm. Some of you may break out your propane heaters to stay warm while working outdoors or while camping.

When you keep your propane heating unit as clean and well-maintained as possible, you’ll get the most use out of it. Here are some questions to ask yourself to best maintain your propane heater:

Are There Any Leaks?

Propane leaks as a gas, so it will not pool or spill like other fuel types, which can contaminate the groundwater. In order to detect any gas leaks, propane manufacturers add a nasty odor that is easy to smell. Most people describe the odor similar to that of rotten eggs or a skunk.

If you smell this odor surrounding your propane heater, the hose, canister or connector is leaking. If this happens, evacuate the area and call your propane supplier and the fire department right away.

Checking Your Heater For Leaks

To operate your unit as safely as possible, follow these guidelines every time a tank or hose is connected to a heater:
Read your manual
Make sure the supply cylinder and connector of your heater are compatible
Check the connection to make sure it’s tight enough
Examine your hose to ensure that no holes or damage is present. If you find any potentially harmful flaws, buy a new hose

Are Any Faulty Connections Present?

To check for faulty connections, you’ll need some liquid dishwashing detergent and water. Mix together equal parts in a spray bottle. With care, slowly open the propane tank’s supply valve. Spray your soapy water on the connectors. If any propane is leaking, bubbles will form where the solution was sprayed. Larger bubbles will indicate a larger leak and smaller bubbles will indicate a smaller leak.

Did You Check the Pilot Flame?

Every once in awhile, make sure to check the burner flame of your propane heating unit, which should burn blue. If it produces a lot of soot or burns yellow, it probably needs to be cleaned.

Before checking your burner, let the heater cool sufficiently and disconnect the tank from the heater. If your unit has any electrical components, unplug it. Examine the burner for any soot or potential blockages, such as bugs. Use a soft bristle brush to gently clean the burner.

How To Clean Your Heaters

We recommend cleaning the exterior of your heaters on a monthly basis. The interior should be cleaned if it hasn’t been used in a while or if it’s the beginning of the winter season.

Before cleaning the exterior, make sure to turn the heater off and disconnect it from the propane tank. Attach a hose to your vacuum cleaner and clean the outside of the heater. Use a small scrub brush or a toothbrush to remove dust from smaller spaces that your vacuum can’t reach. Dust surrounding the igniter can be removed with a can of compressed air. Finish everything by wiping the inside of the heater with a damp cloth and let it dry.

Why Use Propane?

Although kerosene and electric heaters are also available, propane provides the cleanest burning, most efficient fuel. As far as BTU’s are concerned, propane heaters beat electric heaters every time. Kerosene heaters will not burn as clean and even leave a residue on the walls.

When you use a propane heater on a job site, you won’t drain any energy from the electric generators used to power tools. You’re also using a green fuel, which reduces environmental pollution.

Why DiSanto Propane?

Our family-owned and operated business has provided the businesses and residents of upstate New York alike with propane services since 1937. For several generations, we’ve established a reputation for reliable and timely service. For you, this translates into timely deliveries and quick turnarounds.

With multiple storage facilities and a wide supply network, our propane suppliers quickly and easily meet the fuel needs of commercial, agricultural, residential and fleet customers. Our propane company provides installation, delivery and service to a wide network of customers in upstate New York. Contact Disanto Propane today for the best propane service in New York.