Most people who have a patio in their backyard have a patio heater. When chilly weather starts to set in, one of the most disappointing things is missing out on the joy of sitting outdoors and enjoying your backyard patio. Summer months are full of outdoor BBQs, swimming and listening to crickets sing along to the sunset. When it starts to get cold, it seems like the only thing left to do is run inside, shut the blinds and stay bundled up until spring.
Though, that doesn't have to be the only option. Those of you who have a patio heater know how much life that one product can bring to your outdoor space. Patio heaters can heat your space enough to extend your backyard sitting time by months. If you live in the North East or Mid West areas, you definitely need to consider investing in an outdoor heater.
Outdoor heaters are always fueled by gas and typically heat up to several hundred square feet of space. So, your whole family can sit outside on the patio and enjoy a cool night long after the leaves start changing.
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If you already have a patio heater or are considering getting one, one other thing you need to know is how to clean them. Cleaning an outdoor heater will ensure it stays in good working order for years to come.
Before getting started on cleaning your outdoor patio heater, read your instruction manual. Your manual will give you specific instructions on what is best for your heater. Even though every heater may have slightly different instructions on how to clean it, there are a few general tips we can and give you now for how to clean it.
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First, if you want to wipe the surface down, use a mild soap instead of abrasive cleaners. The grit in abrasive cleaners could rub the finish off of the outer surface. If you have stubborn stains you can also try a citrus-based cleaner for a more intense, but less abrasive option. After cleaning with soap and water, rinse and let it air dry.
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When cleaning with water, make sure you never get the burner or pilot assembly wet. If the gas controls get submerged in water, never keep using them. You have to replace them. Once the patio heater is dry, you are welcome to apply some automobile wax on the outside surface to make it shine like new. That will do wonders for the overall look of your heater.
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You also need to be sure that you don't block airflow to the heater. Popping noises, low heat output or uneven glow are all signs of airflow blockage that need to be addressed. If you keep up with regular cleanings and pay attention to any potential signs of damage, you should be able to enjoy your outdoor heater for many seasons. For more information on patio heaters, please see our library of articles or you can call 800.203.1642