How to Winterizing Outdoor Kitchen Appliances
Now that it’s getting colder in the northern states, it’s less ideal for outdoor entertaining. This time of year, it’s time to winterize outdoor kitchens to prepare them for the winter months ahead. Although outdoor kitchens are typically low maintenance, the maintenance they do need is very important and should be stressed to homeowners. Failing to winterize an outdoor kitchen in regions with cold winters could potentially lead to broken water lines and damage to appliances. For our friends in the north, teaching future clients how to winterize outdoor kitchen appliances to promise a long lasting use.
Shut Off Water Lines and Drain
Locating and shutting off all the running water lines that connect the outdoor kitchen to indoor plumbing will save homeowners money and time down the road. This will prevent pipes freezing and busting and will leave them ready for spring. After the pipes are completely shut off, be sure to express the importance of draining them afterwards. Neglecting this could cost repairs to both water lines and appliances. The three lines that should be drained are:
- Ice Maker
Clean Out Refrigerator, Ice Maker, and Sink
After switching off the power to the refrigerator and unplugging the appliance, don’t forget to remove all food items from inside. Once the food has been removed, it’s best to get a soapy rag to clean any spilled messes. Removing the front grill will also allow space to vacuum any leftover food or dirt that got trapped during the summer. Leave the refrigerator uncovered for the winter as the cover could create moisture causing damage. Be sure to remove any access ice inside the ice maker after switching off the power and unplugging, drying in clean with a towel. Although the refrigerator and sink do not need covered, the drain should be protected to avoid debris and dirt from scratching and ruining the inside of the sink.
Prepare the Grill
After a long summer of use, chances are the grill will need a deep and thorough cleaning before tucking it away for the season. Using a degreaser is a good start, followed by a stainless steel polish. Take time to empty the grill’s clean out and cleaning the cooking grates. Turn off the gas line and cover the grill to protect from the harsh months coming.
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