Gas heaters present unique safety concerns that warrant professional installation and maintenance. In today’s post, the experts at Gold Star Services answer the question, “Is gas heat safe?” as we cover common issues and signs to watch out for.
What Could Go Wrong?
In worst case scenarios, faulty or incorrectly installed gas heaters can present a fire hazard. They can also cause toxic fumes like carbon monoxide to fill your home, creating a major health risk. Having annual maintenance done by a qualified professional is paramount when it comes to keeping your home, family and pets safe.
Health Concerns Around Carbon Monoxide
If you or members of your household experience health issues that seem to worsen or only occur when the heat is on, it could indicate excessive amounts of carbon monoxide in the home. Because carbon monoxide is both colorless and odorless, it can be difficult to detect. Carbon Monoxide can cause individuals or pets in the home to pass out or in the worst case, it can lead to death. If you suspect a carbon monoxide leak, ventilate the area, turn the gas and heater off, evacuate the home and call a professional immediately.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include tiredness, shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness, nausea, chest pain, confusion and more. Children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with chronic illnesses are particularly at risk. As there is significant overlap with other medical issues, always see a doctor to be sure of the root cause of symptoms.
Gas Heater Warning Signs
Have your gas heater serviced by a qualified professional if you notice any of the following:
A yellow flame (as this could indicate excessive amounts of carbon monoxide).
The pilot light goes out when it should not.
The pilot light makes “popping” or “banging” noise when turning on.
Signs of damage, such as discoloration on the walls from heat damage.
Soot stains around the heater.
The heater has not been serviced for more than a year.
Gas Heater Safety Tips
While there are safer heating options available, if you do have a gas heater, the following tips can help keep your family safe:
Install carbon monoxide alarms/detectors.
Ensure the space is well-ventilated.
Keep flammable materials away from the heater.
Clean the heater regularly to prevent dust build-up.
Contact Gold Star for dependable and professional heating and air conditioning services in Delaware and Pennsylvania. We guarantee that you will be impressed by our experienced, courteous, and highly skilled HVAC technicians.