Light’s fading in the evenings and mornings are get darker: a sure sign that winter is well and truly upon us.
As you prepare to whip out the flannel bed sheets for the cold months ahead, you might also start to think about firing up the gas heater for those particularly frosty nights.
Before you get it humming again, take the time to give your gas heater a once-over to ensure it’s operating safely.
Check for certification
Ensure your gas heater is certified by the Australian Gas Association and displays plates indicating it meets current emissions standards. You don’t have to go for the best on the market, but choose a certified product for peace of mind.
Sure, you might be handy around the home – but servicing your gas heater is a job for the experts. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines, contact a professional and keep a record of previous services.
Old heaters need more care
We’re all for the old adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, but bear in mind older gas heaters are likely to need a little more TLC. If yours is over 10 years old, consider an annual service.
Know the hazard
Keep your heater clear of furniture and never place items on top, particularly clothing. Small children or pets in your home? Keep your heater upright and positioned well to avoid being knocked over. Never use or store aerosols or solvents near your heater, either.
Give it some air
Make sure any permanent ventilation points on your heater are free of blockages. If your heater has no flue (that’s a pipe carrying exhaust gases outside), ensure the room remains well ventilated.
Keep it clear
Before connecting your heater for the winter ahead, give it a good clean with soapy water. Areas to clean include air filters, airways, fans and burners. These can become blocked with dust or grime, leading to overheating and burner problems. Not feeling too confident? Consider using a licensed gas fitter.
Wear and tear or a something more
When connecting gas, ensure all leads are tight and free from leaks. If there are signs of corrosion, get advice from professional – it’s simply not worth the risk.
Follow your nose
If you suspect a leak or smell gas, don’t ignore it. Turn the heater off immediately and contact a licensed gas fitter.
Last word on last year’s ‘big chill’
In 2016, Perth shivered through its coldest winter in a decade – which means households with gas heating and hot water units might have experienced increased gas usage over those cold months.
As we head into another winter, Kleenheat’s Monthly Smart Saver natural gas customers should remember that as gas usage traditionally increases in the colder 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 front of mind to help avoid nasty surprises mid-shower this winter!