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Maintenance For Your Propane Appliances

Whatever type of propane appliance you have powering your home, properly maintaining your appliances is essential to keeping them running safely, more efficiently, and longer.

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Vent Checks

Certain propane appliances require that gases be vented to the outdoors in order to keep the air in your home safe. Debris from storms, insect or animal nests, and snow or ice can sometimes block or build up in the flue, preventing proper ventilation.
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Appliance Spacing

Certain appliances require “breathing room” to ensure that plenty of air reaches the burner. Obstructions can prevent proper combustion and increase the risk of safety hazards. Always keep an eye out to make sure the areas surrounding your appliances are clear, and never store combustible materials near your appliances.
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Leak Checks

One of the first and most important things to do in propane appliance maintenance is to check for leaks. We’ll make sure that all your propane lines and connectors are in good shape and that your appliances are hooked up properly. We will perform a leak check if something has changed in the system, if your system is out of gas or if we suspect a leak.
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Know the signs that something isn’t right

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Sniff Test

A smell like rotten eggs or skunk spray indicates you have a propane leak. If you smell propane, contact AmeriGas immediately.
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Unusual Flames in Appliances

Your appliances should have a normal flame. if you notice a large flame or a very small flame, there may be something wrong with how your appliance is processing the propane.
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Soot Buildup

Propane burns clean, so there should be no soot in or around your appliances. If there is, it’s an indication that the propane isn’t burning properly, which can result in carbon monoxide release.