Gas heaters are lifesavers when it comes to keeping us toasty when it’s cold. They come in various forms; log fires, central heating units, and wall units. In spite of being so great, they can be a nuisance when they begin to get glitch after glitch. The following points should guide you on gas heater repair related issues as this is most important ever to a number of people.
Inspect your device
Many times gas pipes end up leaking without our knowledge. It is always advisable to do regular inspections, just to rule out any safety threats. Examine all the detachable parts. Turn on the heater to see if it is producing enough heat. In the case of a gas leak;
- Discontinue the gas supply from its main source
- Put out all open fires and prevent anyone from igniting anything. Turn off all electrical devices and cut the power off at the main switch.
- Inform your neighbours about the gas leak so they can move away from the affected area.
- Open all surfaces that can release the air outside.
- Contact your gas supplier from a separate but nearby location.
Some potential problems may be linked to the thermostat, filter, vents, and short cycling. Others like noisy furnaces and constantly running blowers are observable are easier to detect.
Watch out for carbon monoxide
Sometimes, combustion of propane gas does not occur properly and this leads to the production of carbon monoxide. Inhalation of carbon monoxide will lead to carbon monoxide poisoning if it is present in high amounts, which can lead to death. Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen slowly, even without the immediate knowledge of people in a house or room. This is because it has no taste or smell. Technicians should be able to detect potential carbon monoxide-related problems and fix them accordingly to reduce the risk.
To further avoid this, ensure you are using the correct gas heater. Do not attempt to substitute an indoor gas heater with an outdoor one. They may be designed to expel more amounts of carbon monoxide than an indoor one would. Some signs that you might have carbon monoxide poisoning are; a headache, nausea, vomiting, breathlessness, dizziness, and loss of consciousness.
Certified maintenance workers
When looking for gas heater repair, it is extremely important to carefully look for good and qualified personnel to work on it. In most cases, you can contact the office of your heater’s brand and they will either provide you with a technician from their factory or recommend one that they know has sufficient knowledge of the device. When outsourcing services from a repair company, do your research well and decide on the suitable one.
If you decide to settle on an unqualified technician, maybe due to financial inadequacies, you should know that you are putting both you and your housemates in danger. Never endeavour to fix it yourself either
It is important to maintain your gas heaters regularly depending on the brand and frequency of use. The most important reason why gas heaters should be regularly monitored is to prevent disasters.