Winter certainly feels like it has started early, with the rain and freezing mornings already upon us. So, if you have not given any thought to checking the overall condition of your heating appliances, now is the time!

In this article, we will discuss the simple signs that a heating and gas system is ready for winter.

Let’s begin. 

Gas Appliance Maintenance You Can Do Yourself
  • Tip #1: Reduce the unpleasant odours your central gas heating system emits by regularly cleaning the ducts. Dirt and dust build-up are top contributors, so make sure to check all parts of the system—specifically the ducts—regularly.
  • Tip #2: For other gas appliances, simply keep the burner clean. Ask your service person what to look for and how you can best maintain it yourself.
  • Tip #3: Depending on your appliance’s make and model, you may be able to clean the air filters yourself. Check the user manual to see if it is possible, as well as how to do it correctly. Generally, if the filters are easily accessible you should be fine to wipe them over with a clean cloth.
  • Tip #4: Lastly, keep your gas heater clean and free of dust, dirt, and debris.
What Are Common Signs That Something Is Wrong with Your Appliance?
  • A yellow and red flame or a flame with a yellow burning tip are typical signs that something is wrong with your gas heater. Unless you have a gas fireplace or gas log fire then that is normal.
  • If you find build-ups of yellow or brown soot around the appliance.
  • If you see the pilot light that frequently blows out.
  • If you smell gas, it normally indicates a leak.
  • If you find holes, punctures, or loose fittings on your flue. 
  • If you notice temperature fluctuations in a continuous flow hot water system.
  • If there is a burning or exhaust gas smell in the house. It usually indicates a poorly functioning heater or a leak in your heat exchanger.

As always, be sure to hire a qualified and licensed gas fitter only. Never allow an unqualified person to attempt to repair your gas heater—it is simply too dangerous.

Of course, you can trust Level Plumbing Canberra with your gas appliances and heaters. We only employ qualified and certified people to complete the job.

That said, make sure your gas appliances are in the best condition possible before you put them to work this winter. Give Level Plumbing Canberra a call today at (02) 6188 6088.