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Should You Repair Propane Appliances Yourself?

DIY trouble

Posted: September 24, 2019

If you are handy with tools and you like do-it-yourself projects, it could be tempting to try taking on the repair of one of your propane appliances yourself.

As experts with thousands of propane installations and maintenance visits under our belts, we strongly urge you NOT to do this. It’s a big mistake and can cause a slew of problems. In other words, you can make a bad situation worse.

Without the proper training, trying to fix any equipment that burns fuel can be dangerous – or even deadly. Today’s advanced, computer driven propane appliances are wonders of performance and efficiency, but that performance comes at a cost: namely, that repairing them requires a level of advanced and specific training that only dedicated propane service technicians possess.

An improperly handled amateur job on your water heater, hearth, or space heater can do damage to your equipment, your property, or even you – including the threat that a carbon monoxide leak can pose to your family’s health.

At Wilson Oil and Propane, your health and safety are always our top priority. If you need to repair your propane equipment, please don’t do it yourself – instead, contact Wilson Oil and Propane.

For expert propane equipment installation, maintenance, and repairs, you can trust the pros at Wilson Oil and Propane.

Wilson and Propane Safety

Wilson Oil and Propane follows strict safety standards that have been established by the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA). One of those standards is “Duty to Notify,” which explains, among other things, how to recognize the smell of propane and what to do if you smell propane gas in your home.

Propane smells like rotten eggs or a skunk’s spray. Propane manufacturers add this smell to help alert consumers to propane leaks. If you are concerned that you or others in your home may have difficulty smelling propane, consider installing one or more propane gas detectors. Read more about propane gas detectors.

To know the proper steps to take if you smell gas, please review this safety module from the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC).

Benefits of getting regular heating maintenance

Without question, propane is one of the safest fuels you can choose for your Delaware Valley home. But to stay as safe as possible, you should always pay close attention to the operation of your gas appliances. The best way to keep all your propane equipment running properly is to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for preventive maintenance. Be sure to consult your owner’s manuals for what’s required. These days, you can find just about any manual online.

More propane appliance safety tips

When appliances operate properly, propane burns with a blue flame. If you see yellow flames—or notice significant amounts of soot on any equipment–the gas may not be burning completely. This can create carbon monoxide. Call us for service if you notice a yellow flame or soot on your appliances.

Regularly check the outdoor vents of your appliances to make sure combustion gases flow unobstructed to the outdoors. Insects, birds and small animals have been known to build nests in vent pipes. To prevent any damage, use a broom or a soft brush to gently remove any obstructions you find in your vents.

Contact us today to learn more about professional propane equipment service and repairs for your propane appliances!