Step By Step Guide To Cleaning Your Heating Appliances
If you want to improve the performance of your heaters, make them more hygienic and safer to operate, this electric heater maintenance guide is a must-read.
Spring has traditionally been associated with the need to thoroughly blitz your home and clear out all the grime and dust that has built up over the winter. In the past, houses used fireplaces for heat and so spring was the perfect chance to let the fresh air in and eradicate the soot. Homeowners are now much more reliant on electric and tube heaters, and now is the time to clear out any debris that has found its way into these types of appliances. Such dirt doesn’t just look unpleasant and hygienic, it also reduces the heating ability and could potentially be the cause of a fire. Here’s how you should carefully clean your heaters.
Preparing Your Heater
For those that experience allergies, it’s a good idea to protect your face with a mask, as the amount of dust involved could irritate your symptoms. If you’ve been using your heater recently, then you’ll need to disconnect it and wait for it to cool down completely. You should then take a duster and move it across the top of the appliance, to shake off any loose dirt. Next, grab a damp, but not soaking cloth and give the surface a wipe too. Wait again for the heater to dry completely.
Removing The Cover
You’ll need a compressed air duster for this next step which you should be able to pick up from any good DIY chain or your local supermarket. If your heater has a cover, then it’s time to carefully unscrew it. You should then spray the duster to loosen the dirt, simply targeting the heater’s slats and vents if your heater doesn’t have a cover. If you see any dust trapped in the element of the heater, then direct the compressed air duster here until it’s clear.
Vacuuming Your Appliance
Next, you’ll need to locate the brush attachment of your hoover; if you have a handheld model then all the better. Run the hoover over the inside of your heater to suck up any stubborn debris that you haven’t been able to reach so far, as well as dealing with all the dust extracted by the duster spray. You’ll need to be careful not to disturb the wires of your heater, so be careful with the angle that you approach the heater from. If there are any tight spaces that you need to get to, then switch your brush attachment for a slender nozzle alternative to allow you to get into every nook and cranny.
It’s time to run a slightly damp, but not saturated cloth over the interior of your heater once more, if you removed the cover. If the cover doesn’t detach, then just wipe the surface. You should then let the heater dry completely before reattaching the guard. You can then turn your heater back on again to test it out.
This simple procedure is slightly fiddly, but not at all time-consuming. Maintain your electric heaters once a year in this way to improve the performance of your heating appliance and ensure the safety of the household.
Why is it important to clean my tubular heater?
Much like anywhere in our home, dust can easily build up, especially in the areas we forget about such as heaters, radiators, appliances etc. If dust builds up too much, it can affect the efficiency of your heater and even lead to smoking or a fire risk. Not to mention, dust is bad for our health, especially if you allergies or respiratory difficulties.
Much like you would clean anything in your home, such as an oven, radiator or window frame, it’s important not to forget these hidden places we forget about and give them a good clean every so often. We recommend doing this once a year.
Can I use a tubular heater outside?
While spring is the perfect time for a spring clean, it’s also a good time to look after those spring bulbs and to the new buds shooting out. If you’re looking for way to help maintain the temperature in your greenhouse, a tubular heater can be an ideal choice to help prevent frost and keep your plants healthy and happy.
Our tube heater accessories include an outdoor-safe thermostat which you can use in your greenhouse and programme to operate during certain hours or on an anti-frost setting so you can have peace of mind about your spring crops not being damaged in any late frost.
When is it safe to clean my heater?
If you have used your heater recently, you should wait for it to cool down before you attempt to clean it to prevent any harm to yourself or the heater. It should be completely cool before you attempt to clean it.
If you have a tube heater guard, you should carefully remove this by unscrewing it from the wall, again ensure the heater is cool before you attempt this step as the guard may be hot too.
Remember, don’t spray any cleaning solution directly on the heater, you should use a duster and then a damp but not soaking cloth. You should wait until it is completely dry before reattaching it and turning it back on again.