Keep your home safe and sound with our licensed gas fitters
There is always a chance that carbon monoxide can leak into your home from a gas heater. Don't be caught off guard. Jim's Air Conditioning has licensed gas fitters who can test your CO levels.
The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Testing
If you have gas heating you should be aware that there is carbon monoxide inside your home. Typically you won’t have to worry about carbon monoxide (CO). It’s a natural byproduct of the burning process in a gas heater, including gas log fires to gas ducted heaters.
CO is safely vented out of the home via a flue so there’s no reason to believe you’re walking around breathing it in. Unfortunately, if the flue or gas heater is damaged, you could be at risk of a gas or carbon monoxide leak.
Don't allow yourself to be caught off guard. Jim's Air Conditioning has fully qualified technicians and gas fitters who can conduct carbon monoxide testing to ensure your safety.
Our team is available 24/7 and with emergency gas fitters on call, we can often provide prompt 1 hour* attendance. A fast response could be a lifesaver.
Jim’s Air Conditioning can provide carbon monoxide detection, gas leak testing and emergency repairs. Contact us when you need urgent gas fitting repairs.
What is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas created during the burning process of fuel. Inside your home, it could be created when burning logs in a fire, or from the pilot light of a gas log fire and gas ducted heating.
As long as there is incomplete combustion of fuel there will be CO. This is why all gas heaters and fires require a flue for venting harmful chemicals and smoke.
If the flue is damaged or there's a leak in the heater, then there's a chance of carbon monoxide leaking into the home. This could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
The greatest risk is how easily CO can go undetected. It's odourless, unlike natural gas. Sometimes you won't realise there is a leak until it's too late.
Carbon monoxide enters the human body through the lungs – as we breathe it in. From there it passes into the bloodstream and vigorously binds to haemoglobin which transport oxygen.
Prolonged exposure means your body can’t carry enough oxygen throughout the bloodstream. What may start as a headache or dizziness could quickly turn serious if your body does not have a stable oxygen supply.
How CO Poisoning Impacts Your Health
With carbon monoxide poisoning the outcome is clear. Exposure to a high enough amount can lead to death.
But it is preventable! And with routine maintenance of a gas heater, it’s likely you will never encounter a nasty leak.
Still, it’s good to know what to look out for. Especially as there is no rotten egg odour like you would notice with natural gas.
The health impact will feel more serious than just flu-like symptoms as many websites claim. Side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning can include:
Nausea or vomiting
Loss of consciousness or fainting
Lethargy or fatigue
Confusion or difficulty thinking
If the symptoms are widespread across a household than there is a strong chance of a CO leak. And if you do experience any of the above, keep an eye on whether you feel better outside or away from home.
Contact your GP if symptoms persist, and also Jim's Air Conditioning for reliable carbon monoxide detection.
Signs of a Carbon Monoxide Leak
In addition to health side effects – or even before they begin – your heater will likely show signs of damage, wear and tear.
That’s why routine maintenance is crucial for home safety. A licensed gas fitter from Jim’s should always provide a regular service for your gas appliances.
In case you haven't had a recent heater service there are a few things you can look out for right after booking one with Jim's. They include:
A flickering or weakened pilot light
Flames which are orange or yellow instead of blue
External damage to the heater, including rust
Soot in and among the fireplace, or around the heater
Moisture or condensation on windows or walls around the gas appliance
Damage to a chimney or flue
Any physical problems with the heater would indicate there is a leak, or the potential for one.
As a precautionary step, we can install a carbon monoxide detector alongside any gas appliance. It’s the best way to keep your home safe. Call us for more information on how we can help you!
No Deposit Gas Fitting Services
Jim’s Air Conditioning has licensed technicians with years of gas fitting experience.
Using a carbon monoxide detector they will check your home for any leaks and provide reliable repairs.
We can also conduct a negative pressure test and gas leak detection to ensure everything is 100 per cent safe. And if there is any need for urgent work, we can complete repairs on the spot.
Each one of our team members will arrive on site with all the equipment they need for necessary tests on your property. They will identify any potential dangers related to your heater, and make sure long term solutions are provided.
Customers can also benefit from no deposit interest free payment plans** for all carbon monoxide testing and gas appliance tasks.
When something is faulty or your family is at risk, it's a simple way to keep everyone safe. The work can be completed on the day without fear.
For more information on our carbon monoxide services, including installing carbon monoxide alarms, contact us today!
Stay safe and knowledgeable for all things CO with our frequently asked questions.
What should I do if there is a carbon monoxide leak?
If you believe there is a carbon monoxide leak, first turn off any gas appliances inside the home. Next, turn off the mains gas supply which is located outside the house, often near the footpath or driveway.
Remain outside in fresh air if possible, and call a licensed gas fitter from Jim’s. If you are feeling well enough, however, briefly return inside and open the windows to provide ventilation throughout the house.
And if any health symptoms persist please call your GP or a health professional.
How can I detect carbon monoxide myself?
With the help of a carbon monoxide alarm. Much like a smoke detector, this alarm can pick up the odourless, invisible gas.
When you have a gas appliance installed, your licensed gas fitter can also install the CO detector nearby, as the first line of defence. It will trigger before any health symptoms are felt, and can react to low level, long term leakage or an immediate high level leak.
There are several types of alarms, including:
Biomimetic sensor – A gel will absorb carbon monoxide and change colour, triggering the alarm
Metal oxide semiconductor – Internal circuits detect CO, lowering the electrical resistance and triggering the alarm
Electrochemical sensor – Electrodes located in a chemical solution will pick up changes within the electrical current, setting off the CO alarm
Your technician can talk you through the best choice on site.