With temperatures dropping to about 5℃ in some parts of the country, Australian winters can get quite chilly. Usually, the go-to method to keep our homes warm in the winter is to bring out the trusty gas heater, as it’s a reliable way to heat our homes.
That said, like any other household appliance, gas heaters can deteriorate over time if they are not maintained well.
While you may not use your gas heater often unless you live in a part of the country where it’s cold all year round, you still need to service it regularly if you want it to work optimally.
Gas heaters can collect dust if they are left unused for an extended period. With Australian summers being especially long, this is most likely to be the case in your home as well.
Turning on your gas heater after many months may cause the dust to burn, which could lead to an unpleasant burning smell circulating your home.
While the smell only lasts for a few minutes and goes away once the heater is left running for a while, it can still cause some discomfort for many people. It’s always good to have your gas heater serviced to remove any dust before you turn it on.
Dust and dirt accumulation can also affect the lifespan of your gas heater. With proper service and maintenance, you can extend the life of your heater.
If your gas heater is not serviced regularly, it may cause it to exhaust gases like carbon monoxide.
The dangerous thing about carbon monoxide is that it is difficult to detect since it does not have an odour or a colour, and overexposure could lead to brain damage or even death.
That said, with regular maintenance, you can make sure your heater is burning efficiently and not leaking any harmful gases into your home.
Older gas heaters can develop cracks with time and cause gas leaks, which will affect the efficiency of the gas heater, as it will lead to gas waste.
Also, an unserviced gas heater can get clogged with dirt and dust from years of use, which can affect how much gas is pumped into the heater, making it produce less heat than it should.
While the frequency of service will vary depending on how often you use your gas heater, it’s recommended that you get your unit serviced at least once a year.
Some manufacturers may require annual services to keep the warranty valid, so it’s advisable to have your gas heater serviced annually to not void your warranty.
With a good, well-maintained gas heater, you can keep your home nice and warm all year round.
Also, gas heaters are expensive pieces of equipment so, with regular servicing and maintenance, you can prevent breakdowns and save yourself from hefty repair bills.
At Alliance Climate Control, we can help you keep your portable or standing gas heaters maintained and ready for action.
If you’re interested in our services, call us on 1300 488 788.