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Your guide to understanding Winter heating services

Whether the thought of Winter brings you a sense of joy or dread, the colder months are on their way, and the best thing you can do is get prepared early to tackle the cold. In the lead-up to Winter, contacting a qualified plumber to service your heating is essential. An experienced plumber will be able to test the system and make any necessary repairs, giving you the peace of mind that your heating is safe and efficient to keep you warm during Winter.

Why should I get my gas heater serviced?

Before the cold hits, it’s essential to make sure your gas heater is in tip-top shape. Gas heaters have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years. To keep them working efficiently, they must be tested, maintained, and cleaned by a licensed gas plumber every two years. Regular maintenance of your heater will save you a future headache and ensure the longevity of your unit.

The silent killer

Having your gas heater serviced is essential to maximise its life span and ensure you are protected against harmful gases.

Natural gas is an efficient fuel for warmth, but it produces gases such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide during combustion. If not burnt correctly, these gases can be harmful to your health. Carbon monoxide is a particularly dangerous gas. It is odourless and colourless, which, if inhaled, can cause flu-like symptoms, headache, dizziness, weakness, vomiting, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision, and loss of consciousness. And in extreme cases, it can lead to death. Therefore, it is recommended to have your gas heater tested every two years.

Understand the service process

Having a top-level understanding of the service process can provide peace of mind that every aspect of your gas heating has been assessed and is safe.

The first step when servicing your gas heating is to contact a professional, licensed gas plumber. If you want to be safe, ask your service provider to display proof of their qualifications and provide a top-level indication of what they will assess during the service.

As a general rule, a Winter heating service should include:

  • Removing and cleaning filters;
  • Cleaning internal dust build-up from burners, injectors, and fans;
  • Operation assessment;
  • Gas hose inspection;
  • Pressure testing;
  • Carbon Monoxide tests to check it complies with the Australian Standards.

All of these, in combination, should ensure your gas heating is safe, efficient and ready to help you through those Winter nights spent snuggling up in bed.

Safely approaching gas heating requires specialised expertise and training. Our team of qualified plumbers are experienced in handling complex gas services. Having undergone years of specialised training and serviced thousands of homes, our team has the expertise to ensure you feel comfortable, warm, and cosy in your home.
To schedule your gas heaters service, contact our team of professionals at (02) 9521 8197.