Is it just me, or does this Melbourne winter seem particularly cold?
I know my heater has been getting a good workout of late – particularly on those cold mornings. We have an older style space heater in our lounge room that is great at heating up the room quickly, but is going on 20+ years old. There is nothing wrong with an older style heater, provided you ensure it is in good working order. Actually, this applies to all your gas appliances and winter is the perfect reminder…. Remember before you turn on the heater for the first time this winter, make sure you get a licensed gas-fitter to service it and ensure it is in good working order.
Energy Safe Victoria(ESV) and the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) recommend that all gas water heaters, space heaters and central heaters be serviced at least every two years by a registered or licensed plumber/gas-fitter to ensure they are working properly and to keep your family safe”(source – Energy Safe Victoria, accessed online 29 July 2015).
One of the reasons it is so important to check your gas appliances and heating is in good working order is to ensure it is not leaking carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas that can be noxious to people and cause serious illness and even death.
Glenn from Upkeep Plumbing says “The process a licensed gas-fitter will go through to test your gas appliances is generally very simple and quick. We use a carbon monoxide tester to check for any leaks and I will always give the appliance a clean and service. This gets rid of any lint or other materials that may be prone to being flammable”. Given the worst case scenario in the event of a carbon monoxide leak and the relative ease to prevent it, there really is no reason not to make it one of those regular maintenance jobs around the house.