Posted on : January 25th, 2019

Is Your Home Heating System Safe?

If you have found yourself asking “Is my home heating system safe?”, chances are you should organize a professional inspection as soon as possible. There are a number of things that can go wrong with heating and cooling systems, particularly older models, and there is no sense in putting yourself at unnecessary risk. If you have recently moved houses, it is definitely something worth discussing with the landlord or real estate agent at the earliest opportunity. Faulty systems are not only dangerous to property but can also be harmful to your health. In this article, we will discuss some warning signs for you to look out for.

Electrical Faults

We all know that electrical faults are dangerous. If your air conditioner is unresponsive but still drawing electricity, has ever sparked or makes a lot of noise but doesn’t have a lot of temperature modulation, it could have an electrical fault. It may also manifest in a temperamental response to turning on and off. Electrical faults could be caused by faulty or damaged wiring due to rodents or years of neglect in maintenance. Electrical faults can cause headaches by regularly flipping circuit breakers, or in a worst-case scenario, fires or electrocution.

Clogged Filters or Pipes

Most air conditioning units contain filters that strip dust, pollen and bacteria from the air. These filters can accumulate large volumes of these materials, which reduces the efficiency of the temperature modulation system. The fans and pumps need to work harder to draw the same volume of air through clogged filters, meaning they consume more electricity and cost you more on your power bill. The filters can also become a breeding ground for pathogenic material and distribute pathogen laden air throughout your building.
With hydronic heating systems, the pipes collect sludge over time. The warm water circulating in hydronic heating can also create a perfect environment for hazardous pathogens. The sludge can also deteriorate the pump and thermostat controls, leading to a breakdown in efficiency and the potential need for components to be replaced. The best way to mediate these problems is to periodically flush the entire system and replace the water in the pipes.

Service and Repair Your Heating and Cooling System

Efficient Pure Plumbing are one of Melbourne’s most professional heating and cooling specialists with experience covering a massive variety of heating and cooling technologies. We can help with everything from installation to repairs. Call us today on 9792 3261 or contact us online, and we will beat any written quote.

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