Just like Santa, outdoor appliances need to get ready for the winter. Here is a guide as to properly winterize your appliance.
Water Line Blow Out - When water freezes it expands, which can be problematic to outdoor appliances that have live water lines. For any appliance that has a water supply line running to it, you will need to have it blown out to prevent freezing and bursting. Clearing a water line is quite simple as it involves connecting and air compressor with adapter to the end of a water line and creating pressure. If done on your own make sure you use a regulated compressor set to 60 psi, as unregulated pressure can cause damage. Plumbers or irrigation companies may help you with this, and often will perform blow outs for low cost.
Disconnect Electric - If left connected and outdoors, electrical systems are liable to short out. To prevent mechanical harm; refrigerators, freezers, and ice makers should be switched off. If the power cord is accessible, unplug the unit. If not, turn off the circuit breaker to the outlet and then double check the appliance to ensure it is off.
Corrosion Defense - Although not crucial, cleaning is an important step to winterization. Pollen, dust, dirt, grease and other particulates will build up and compromise the beautiful ascetic. To prevent build up and corrosion, occasionally clean stainless steel exteriors with a soft cloth. To remove oil and dirt buildup, use a neutral cleaner. We recommend using cleaners made by Bar Keepers Friend. Remember to always go with the "grain" when cleaning to prevent scratches.
Outdoor appliances can not only provide great function in your outdoor space, but also fantastic ascetic. Follow this guide to keep your beloved appliances functioning and beautiful for years to come.