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Gas heaters are undoubtedly the go-to heating option for Australian homeowners in the cold season. 

However, if they are not serviced from time to time, they may pose fatal risks to the residents. So, if you have been putting off the maintenance of your gas heater, we suggest doing it right away. 

According to heating specialists, gas heaters should be regularly serviced to ensure that they work safely and efficiently. Routine maintenance can help recognise and repair any budding issues before they take an ugly turn. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the reasons why you should have your gas heater serviced.

So, without further ado, let’s jump right in!

Why You Should Have Your Gas Heater Serviced

These are the reasons why you should have your gas heater serviced as soon as possible.

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1. Fire Risk

It’s a no-brainer that gas can lead to a fire. Even the smallest of sparks from a cigarette lighter, stove or heater itself can start a fire in a matter of seconds when exposed to gas. Hence, all homeowners must have their gas heaters checked and serviced now and again to minimise the risk of fire or gas leaks.

2. It Can Kill

Besides increasing your gas bills, a gas leak can be hazardous to your health. Natural gas in Australia has a certain smell added to it so that people can detect whenever there is a leak. This explains why we can tell whenever we leave the stove on.

However, there’s another type of gas: carbon monoxide, also known as CO. Unlike natural gas, carbon monoxide is invisible, tasteless and odourless. It can affect your body in several ways, and overexposure can even cause death or permanent damage to your vital organs. So, if there’s a CO leak at your residence, you might not be able to tell until it’s too late. 

These leaks are quite common in older gas heaters that are not serviced regularly. This is why all responsible homeowners should get their gas heater serviced by a specialist before things get ugly.

3. You Could Be Wasting Gas

Let’s face it, gas leaks aren’t just deadly but also financially draining. A gas heater that’s not working to its potential tends to waste gas, which results in higher electricity bills. Needless to say, even a minor crack in your gas line can waste considerable amounts of gas and end up costing you a lot more.

4. Comfort In The Cold Season

The main purpose of a gas heater is to keep you warm and cosy during winter. However, if your heater is not working properly, it will reduce airflow into your room. And this will prevent it from achieving the desired temperature. 

Therefore, you must ensure that the heater is functioning properly by getting it regularly serviced so that you can stay toasty in winter.

5. Increase The Longevity Of Your Heater

Having your gas heater serviced by a professional gas fitter will allow it to work for a long time. This is because they are well versed in all the aspects of gas appliances and hence, will conduct the required safety and efficiency tests to ensure that airflow is unimpeded.

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Important Signs To Look Out For

These are just some of the signs your gas heater needs to be serviced:

  • Pilot light bursts when you light up the heater
  • Overheating
  • Stains around the gas heater
  • Pilot light goes out every time
  • Signs of heat damage on adjacent walls

Getting Your Gas Heater Serviced

With that, we have come to the end of this article.

If you’ve been ignoring the maintenance of your gas heater for a year now, all is not lost. Just fix a date with a professional and get your gas heater serviced soon. According to experts, a gas heater should be serviced at least once a year to keep it running at its full potential, so make sure you keep that in mind. Remember to regularly check for any signs of a gas leak.

Until next time, take care! 

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