Detecting And Repairing Gas Leaks In Room Heaters
Gas heaters are normally the most cost-effective and cleanest way to maintain the comfort of your home or office during the winter months. Gas Leak Detectors professional gas fitters have experience and expertise in detecting leaks and maintaining a variety of commercial and domestic gas heaters sold by leading brands such as Bonaire, Rinnai, Pyrox, Vulcan and others.
All room gas heaters should be serviced a minimum of bi-annually. The gas fitters we employ are licensed to work in Victoria and all of their work is performed at the highest safety standards. Gas Leak Detectors also offers 24 hour emergency repairs and you can get quick service by calling our hotline.
Types Of Room Gas Heaters
The two primary types of room gas heaters are unflued and flued. Heaters with flues are designed to be stationary, and they are constructed with a vented to safely remove exhaust gases.
Unflued gas heaters are portable, and they have the advantage of being very easy to relocate when needed. However, on average, they are not nearly as safe as flued heaters. Most states have already banned unflued gas heaters. As a consequence, flued heaters are increasingly popular in Victoria.
Since carbon-monoxide poisoning is a danger with unflued heaters, they should never be installed in small rooms, such as bathrooms and bedrooms.
We also service and repair gas bayonets. Gas bayonets are sometimes a good solution for portable heating for home offices, kitchens, entertainment areas, and outdoor patios.
Safety Tips For Operating Your Gas Room Heater
A room gas heater, when properly maintained, can provide you with many years of service. Some tips for safe and efficient operation include:
- Ensure that the room your gas heater is operating in is well ventilated. Don’t seal vents, windows, or doors.
- Make sure pets, children, and the elderly are not near gas flames and hot surfaces.
- Don’t store any aerosol cans or solvents near a gas heater.
A gas heater that has a leak can release dangerous methane, propane, or carbon monoxide into your living space. If you experience any symptoms, such as dizziness, chest pain, breathing difficulty, or excessive fatigue, immediately leave the room and go to an area that is well ventilated. Then contact Gas Leak Detectors emergency hotline for quick service.
If You Suspect A Gas Leak
If you smell gas or suspect you have a gas leak:
- Don’t use any type of flame or smoke cigarettes or cigars.
- Check to see if any gas cooktops are on and unlit.
- Open windows and doors.
- Don’t operate light switches or any equipment that uses electricity since they might cause a spark which will ignite the gas.
- Turn off the supply of natural gas at the gas meter.
- Call Gas Leak Detectors immediately.
Reducing Your Exposure To Gas Leaks And Carbon Monoxide
- If you are using an unflued heater, make sure it uses electronic ignition. It should also have a safety system that turns off the heater when it cannot detect adequate fresh air.
- Make sure your heating system is installed by a licensed professional. Have it checked for leaks periodically. Heaters that are not properly installed are prone to leaks.
- Make sure the room that is being heated is adequately ventilated. Make sure air vents aren’t blocked. In the absence of air vents keep a door or window open.
- Don’t use an unflued heater in a room where you are sleeping overnight.
- Has your gas heater checked for proper functioning on a regular basis.