Energy Safe Victoria recommends that all gas heaters should be serviced and tested for carbon monoxide at least every two years. This needs to be done by a licensed plumber and gas fitter.
Servicing your heater regularly ensures that all of the components are working correctly and the heater is running efficiently and safely. A gas heater service involves a thorough check and test of all components, including:
- Flue check
- Burner & gas pressure check
- Fan clean
- Thermostat check
- Heat exchanger check (for signs of heat damage)
- General clean
- Carbon monoxide test
The most important aspect of a heater service is the carbon monoxide test. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that can be emitted from faulty, damaged or poorly maintained heaters. You can’t see it, it has no odour, and it can be deadly.
A typical heater service takes approximately 1 – 2 hours, depending on the type of heating unit.
Depending on the age and the condition of the heating unit, our technicians will determine if the unit needs to be serviced on an annual basis, instead of every two years.
Further information about Landlords’, agents’ and tenants’ responsibilities, and the importance of heater servicing, can be found by going to the Energy Safe Victoria website.
Play it safe and have your gas heater checked.