If your rental property has a Vulcan Heritage OR Pyrox Heritage heater, you must:
- tell your tenant to stop using the heater until it has been tested by a qualified gasfitter, and
- organise for a qualified gasfitter to test the heater.
IMPORTANT: The manufacturer of the Vulcan Heritage and Pyrox Heritage heaters, Climate Technologies, can arrange for the heater to be inspected and tested by a qualified gasfitter. Climate Technologies will also pay $150 towards the cost of inspection and testing and if the carbon monoxide problem is present, they will discount the cost of a replacement. For more information, contact Climate Technologies on (03) 8795 2462.
If you are waiting for a licensed gasfitter to check a Heritage heater in your rental property, or the licensed gasfitter has advised that the heater cannot be used, here are some alternatives for you to consider:
- If the rental property has a reverse cycle air conditioner, set this to ‘heating’ mode. Compared to a gas heater, reverse cycle air conditioners can cost the same or less to operate. The more stars, the cheaper it is to run. It is recommended that thermostats be set between 18 and 22 degrees.
- If you are considering replacing your Heritage gas heater with a new gas heater, look for one with a high energy rating. The more stars the heater has received, the cheaper it should be to run.
- You may be eligible for a discount through the Victorian government’s Victorian Energy Upgrades program. For more information, visit the Victorian Energy Saver website.
If you have no other option except purchasing an electric heater (such as a column or fan heater), please advise your tenants to take the following steps to get the most out of the heater and reduce running costs:
- Only heat the room being used and, if possible, close the door to the room.
- Close blinds or curtains to keep the heat in at night and on cloudy days.
- If the sun is shining through the window, open the blinds or curtains.
- When using the electric heater, seal up any gaps around windows or doors that are letting in cold air.
Remember, as a landlord or property manager, it is your responsibility to ensure a rental property is maintained in good repair. You must respond to requests for urgent repairs immediately. Urgent repairs include:
- failure or breakdown of any essential service or appliance provided by a landlord or agent for hot water, water, cooking, heating, or laundering
- any fault or damage in the premises that makes the premises unsafe or insecure.