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Gas heater health check – eight tips to keep warm and safe this winter

Winter might have only just officially started but if you’re anything like me, you’ve had the warm woollies out for a while now!

As temperatures continue to dip, it’s only a matter of time before the gas heaters are fired up to give us some respite from the chill.

Before you get your heater humming again though, take some time to give it a health check so you’re not only keeping your family warm this winter but safe too.

Check for certification

Check your heater’s been certified by the Australian Gas Association and displays plates indicating it meets current emissions standards. Using a certified product doesn’t mean you’ll have to splash out big bucks but it does mean you’ll be using a heater that meets regulations.

Two-year check-ups

A service check-up once every two years is important to keep your heater running for longer and to uncover any underlying issues before they become dangerous. While you might be savvy with the tools, servicing your gas heater is a job best left to the experts. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines, contact a professional and keep a record of previous services.

Keep away from hazards

Keep your heater away from furniture and never place anything over the top, especially clothes! Have small children or pets? Ensure your heater is upright and positioned so it can’t be knocked over. And, don’t use or store aerosols or solvents near your heater.

Let some air in

Make sure that the permanent ventilation openings of your heater are not blocked. If you own a flueless heater, make sure the room is adequately ventilated. (A flue is a pipe that carries exhaust gases outside).

Check for flue blockages

Signs such as discolouration or stains on the walls or on the heater itself could indicate a blocked flue, which means pollutants have been released into the room and not outside. If you notice signs of a blocked flue, turn the heater off and call a licensed gas fitter to inspect it for blockages or holes. They’ll also check that the flue cowl hasn’t collapsed into the flue outlet and obstructed it.

Suspicious smells

If you suspect a leak or smell gas, don’t ignore it! Turn the heater off immediately, ventilate the house by opening doors and windows, vacate your property till the gas has had time to dissipate and call in a licensed gasfitter.

Right heater for the right space

Use the right sized heater for the space. Not only will this reduce the amount of energy you use to heat the room up, it will also stop any excessive pollutants from being discharged into the room. How to check if your heater is the right size? Most heaters will carry a sizing table advising the area a heater is appropriate for. Otherwise try searching for a heater sizing calculator available online.

Where to get a service

Wondering who to call for a gas heater service? Manufacturers often recommend service agents, otherwise Yellow Pages is a good place to search for licenced gasfitters. Whoever you choose, have a look online to ensure they’re a licensed gasfitter endorsed for gas appliance servicing.

Avoid the winter chill shock

Households with gas heating and hot water units traditionally experience increased gas usage over cold months.

As we head into another winter, Kleenheat’s Monthly Smart Saver and Monthly Energiser natural gas customers should remember that as gas usage increases in cooler months, so can monthly instalments.

For customers on Kleenheat LPG, entering the cooler months presents a timely reminder to keep your gas usage and cylinder levels top of mind to avoid chilly mid-shower surprises this winter!

4 Responses to “Gas heater health check – eight tips to keep warm and safe this winter

  1. June 15, 2018 at 3:57 pm
    Barry Codling said:

    If the flame is yellow it is not burning properly and is generating carbon monoxide which is very toxic.
    It needs a service immediately! It is also wasting gas.
    B Codling BSc in chemistry.

    • Bhavna
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      June 19, 2018 at 10:02 am
      Bhavna said:

      Hi Barry, another good tip! We should definitely be keeping an eye out for that.

  2. June 22, 2018 at 10:09 am
    Karen said:

    Do you do gas heater checks

    • Bhavna
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      June 22, 2018 at 2:25 pm
      Bhavna said:

      We don’t do gas heater checks Karen but you can find a licenced gasfitter on the Yellow Pages website.