Gas Heater Repair

Gas Heater Repair

Cracks and breaks in a gas heating system can be dangerous, possibly even increasing the risk of a fire. Royal Flush Plumbing is available 24/7 for all kinds of emergency plumbing services in Adelaide.

Repairing your gas heater system right away can help you detect these problems early, thus solving them quickly, and saving financial and property damage.

Keeping your gas heater well-maintained will help you prevent deadly gas leaks. Gas heaters use different gasses, such as carbon dioxide, and they burn them effectively so there are no hazardous compounds in the air. However, if a gas heater is not working properly, it can cause buildups of CO2 or carbon monoxide which can be dangerously combustible and unhealthy to inhale. Inhaling these compounds may lead to permanent health damage.

Some of these gasses have a scent that alerts you to their presence in the air, while others do not. This can be avoided by having your gas heaters serviced.

Signs That Your Gas Heater Needs a Repair

Schedule gas heater repairs as soon as possible, so that a plumber can prevent the damage from worsening. Whether you’re a new homeowner or have been living in your house for years, here’s how to tell if your heater needs repair.

Inaccurate Thermostat

If  your thermostat is set at 80 degrees, and yet it is still cold, this is an indication that your gas heater requires immediate repair. It’s also possible that you simply need to change your filter since it’s too clogged.

When the filter becomes clogged, the machine may overheat (which will force it into safe mode and only blow cool air). By altering your filter, you may immediately determine if that is the underlying issue. If the issue resolves itself, you’re set to go. On the other hand, if your house is still cold, it’s time to schedule a gas heater repair

Yellow Pilot Light

If your pilot light is yellow instead of blue, this is an indication that your gas heater is emitting dangerous carbon monoxide gas. Call your gas provider as soon as possible. The following are common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Chest pains
  • Headaches
  • Dual vision (or blurry vision)
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

If you notice any of these symptoms, evacuate the property immediately, go to the nearest hospital, and consult professionals for carbon monoxide testing and a gas heater safety inspection.

Strange Sounds From Your Heater

If  your heater is worn out, you may hear weird noises emanating from it. These noises are commonly described by homeowners as popping, rattling, or screeching.

Increased Energy Bills

Skyrocketing energy expenses are one of the most apparent indications of a worn-out gas heater in need of repair or replacement. If your electricity or gas bill suddenly increases for no apparent reason, it could be because your gas heating system is no longer operating efficiently.

Short Cycling

Though not an emergency heater problem, if your gas heater is short cycling (going off and on erratically), you should have it checked out by a professional. Short cycling is usually a simple fix, however, if left unchecked, it may cause significant damage to your property or other equipment.

Unpleasant Smells

The last sign that you require gas heater repairs is if you notice foul odors emanating from your air vents. If you smell burnt rubber or smoke every time your gas heater kicks on, don’t ignore it.

Something could be amiss with your heater’s components. If you don’t fix the issue immediately away, you could be dealing with a broken-down gas heater in the coming weeks or months.

Gas Heater Repair vs. Gas Heater Replacement

While sometimes your gas heater can be fixed with minor repairs, the issue is dangerous, and you are required to replace your gas heater. Here are some of the tips to help you make the right decision.

Signs to Replace

If you’re required to replace the gas heater, it will show some evident signs. Some of the signs include the following.

  • Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas, but it is very harmful to human health. If there is gas leakage from your heater, then there is no choice but to replace it as soon as possible.
  • Using too old a gas heater can result in CO leaks, faulty parts, and many other issues. Upgrading your gas heater can provide you with extra features, and it is more reliable.
  • A sudden change in your energy bills is also a great indicator that your gas heater is having issues, and it can cost you a lot.
  • Having an open-flued gas heater is dangerous to use, and you must get it replaced to ensure the safety of your family members.

Signs to Repair

Sometimes your gas heater starts showing signs or faults, which can make you think about replacing it while it only requires professional services to function properly. Some of the major problems can include the following.

  • If your gas heater is making weird noises whenever you’re using it, it can be a result of loose ductwork or a faulty fan. To solve the problem, you must get a professional inspection done.
  • When your gas heater stops producing warm air, it is a sign that it is not working correctly. It can happen due to a faulty fan or air blower or because of dust and dirt in the air vents.
  • If you notice yellow or a mixture of yellow and blue lights in the pivot light, your heater requires professional repair.
  • You can also get your gas heater checked by the experts if you are facing any other issues with your heater to make sure it requires repairing.

The Age of the Unit

Deciding whether to repair or replace your hot water heater depends largely on its age. If the unit is near the end of the regular 10-12 year lifespan, it may not be worth repairing and faults are likely to persist. On the other hand, if it is younger than 5 years old, a repair could be cheaper and still covered by warranty. To extend its life further, proper maintenance should also be done regularly.

Depends on Type of Issue

Not all hot water heater problems break the bank, some can be rather cheap to address. Broken heating elements, pressure relief valves, thermostats, and other small pieces, for example, are easily changed and are not worth throwing out the entire tank. If there is corrosion, fractures, or leaks, your unit will most likely need to be replaced. If you are still unclear about how to treat the problem, a professional should be able to offer you a price on the projected cost of repair versus replacement.

Why is it important to maintain my gas heater?

It is possible to face frequent minor heater problems, but you can avoid them by maintaining your gas heater with timely services. Hiring professional services will help with the proper inspection of your heater, and you’ll be able to identify any issue at the initial stage before it becomes a significant problem.

Energy Efficient

Using your heater for many years can affect the efficiency of the heater, and it also starts consuming extra gas. Professionals maintain the heater by cleaning filters and lubricating the parts to increase efficiency.

Saves Repairing Cost

Detecting the issue at a minor stage helps you save a lot cost of repairing. Preventive maintenance can save you money in the long term, and you can avoid running into severe problems and emergency problems.

Carbon Monoxide Testing

It is essential to inspect your heaters for carbon monoxide testing every two years.  If you have missed out on your services for a few years in a row and everything is going smoothly until now, then you must get it checked as soon as possible.

Improved Comfort and Life Span

When your heater is working efficiently without any issues, it provides you peace of mind because you are aware that you’re not going to run into any emergency issues. It also improves the life span of your gas heater, and you can use it for years with proper maintenance from professionals.

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