Comforts of Home Spring 2012

Time for Spring Cleaning

It’s time to throw open the windows and give the house a good scrubbing. Regular cleaning and maintenance of your natural gas appliances can help keep them in good shape.

Make your grill shine
A clean grill will make your food taste better and help your grill last longer.

  1. After each use, leave the burner on high for 10 to 15 minutes with the lid closed to burn off accumulated food residue and drippings.
  2. While the cooking rack is still warm, brush with a stiff wire brush or wet nylon scouring pad. When necessary, soak in hot sudsy water and scour with steel wool or a nylon pad.
  3. Clean the inside of the grill box if there is a buildup of grease or ash on the bottom. Heat the grill slightly to soften the grease, then scrub with hot, sudsy water and a steel wool pad; rinse and dry.
  4. Periodically wash the outside of the grill box with hot, sudsy water. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
  5. Occasionally brush the burner with a stiff wire brush. Use wire or pipe cleaner to open any clogged ports. Replace burner in exact original position, so it is correctly aligned.

Get an HVAC Tune Up
Have a professional perform this inspection:

  1. Check that thermostat settings are accurate.
  2. Tighten connections; measure voltage and current on motors.
  3. Lubricate all moving parts.
  4. Inspect condensation drain to make sure it’s clear and running freely.
  5. Check the controls — ensure it starts, operates and shuts off properly.
  6. Inspect all gas or oil connections and burners.
  7. Inspect, clean or change air filters.

PSNC Energy appliance sales, installation, maintenance and repair are not a part of the regulated services offered by PSNC Energy and are not in any way sanctioned by the North Carolina Utilities Commission. There is no advantage to customers of PSNC Energy if they buy these products or services from PSNC Energy. A customer does not have to buy such products or services in order to continue to receive the same safe and reliable natural gas service from PSNC Energy.

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