All Victorians with a Vulcan Heritage or Pyrox Heritage gas heater need them serviced by a qualified gasfitter immediately.
Tests show that these heaters may produce too much carbon monoxide if they are not properly installed and maintained.
The combination of inadequate ventilation, operating bathroom or kitchen exhausts at the same time as the heater can draw carbon monoxide into living areas. The risk is increased if the heaters and associated components such as the flue are not regularly serviced.
What do I do?
If you have one of these heaters, do not use it until it can be serviced by a qualified gasfitter. Hence, a complete service should include testing for carbon monoxide spillage, an inspection of the flue and ventilation.
Alternatively, you may think about upgrading your system to a reverse-cycle heating/cooling unit and eliminate the risk all together. Reverse cycle is electrically run, offers more modern features compared to gas heaters and has much cheaper running costs.
What has happened?
ESV has established a number of failures with the product certification process.
For instance, open-flue heaters like the Pyrox and Vulcan Heritage space heaters are old technology. They are not designed to operate in better-sealed, newer homes that have less ventilation. In most older houses, carbon monoxide can simply escape via the heater’s flue or chimney.
Hence, they were first manufactured in 1977 and many have been replaced with different kinds of heaters.
In addition to servicing and replacement programs, all Vulcan Heritage or Pyrox Heritage space heaters have been withdrawn from sale.
How do I tell if my heater is a Vulcan Heritage or Pyrox Heritage?
In conclusion, the heaters concerned can be identified by the Vulcan or Pyrox branding, and ‘Heritage’ on the lower left hand corner. This marking is visible in the photos above.