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Health and Safety issues of Gas Heating

26 July 2013
By Coleman Levin
Ducted Heater Vent

 Gas heaters need to be looked after and undergo regular maintenance. Like cars, they need to be continually serviced in order to run efficiently and safely, however many people neglect their heating systems and this is when problems begin to occur.

There are a wide array of issues that can branch from a faulty heater, these include higher than usual gas bills, carbon monoxide emissions, breeding grounds for bacteria, allergens in the air, exploding capacitors, reduced air flow, carbon monoxide poisoning etc.

Signs there could be trouble
A faulty heater can cause health problems ranging from minor to severe. When there are unsafe levels of carbon monoxide it can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, some of the symptoms of this are: tiredness, shortness of breath, headaches, chest pain, confusion, dizziness, nausea, weakness, and flu-like symptoms.

More fatal cases of carbon monoxide poisoning can cause fainting and even death.

 

It is very important to have your heater regularly serviced and tested for carbon monoxide. Regular servicing can decrease the risk of carbon monoxide leakage and if there is already a problem it is vital to have it diagnosed as early as possible in order to prevent further problems.

Sometimes a heater can become too old to operate efficiently and is not worth redemption. It is safer to have a faulty old heater replaced with a new one as these old units are usually past the point of redemption, costing you far too much in gas bills and are hazardous to your health.

Keep in mind
If you use your heater correctly and have regular servicing, it should be economical and efficient to use.

Some old heaters are unable to be repaired for safety reasons and should be replaced with a new unit.

 

If you would like to book a service with Colbycool, call us on 9796 1444 

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