How does a gas heater work?| Are Gas heaters safe?

About Gas heaters

A gas heater is a piece of formidable equipment used to warm any indoor and outdoor establishments. In specific regions that experience winter, it is pretty popular in them. It does the heating job by burning flammable gas, melted oil gas, propane, or butane. In one of two different ways: fluid or non-fluid, or vented and non-vented, where two gas heaters are broadly categorized.

How does a gas heater technically work?

A gas heater is a piece of valuable home equipment. It is prior that you will ensure if it’s properly working. Did you know that it has a security feature?
Well, if you don’t? I assure you that you’ll read the rest of the article because I’m spilling information that you might miss your whole life!

This Security feature will completely shut down your gas heater’s operation. But wait what’s the name of that feature Mister?

It is a thermocouple.

Let us first look at the security feature of the gas heater/s, which is a thermocouple:

an image of two thermocouple's wire connected to a ferromagnetic core's wire whirling around itself.
two different metals with ferromagnetic core

A thermal couple consists of two bits of wire made up of two different metals. The wires are welded together toward one side and isolated at the opposite end. If we heat the end of the joint, this will deliver a small amount of voltage at the ferromagnetic material core. It produces a small number of millivolts that are associated with a curl made of a couple of turns of copper wire twisted over a ferromagnetic material core. At the point when the thermal couple is hot, the voltage produced will magnetize the core. When the thermal couple goes down, it will quit creating any voltage, and the ferromagnetic core loses its polarization, which shut down the whole operation of your gas heater.

Thermo couple's ferromagnetic core close to a small iron in a sliding shaft.

Close to the ferromagnetic core is a little iron plate, welded to a sliding shaft. There is also a spring that pushes the elastic rubber that touches the small iron. It keeps the gas from going through. The thermal couple has a start button, which thrusts the shaft accordingly that opens the entrance, allowing the gas to stream that is additionally contacting the iron plate’s surface against the ferromagnetic center.

thermo couple's set

Starting process of a Gas heater:

an image of a thermo couple turned on
an image of a thermo couple that is lighted up with a pilot fire and the small iron is magnetized in the core.

When you wish to turn on the gas heater, you will need to squeeze the start button first. Why? Because it will push the iron plate until it contacts the ferromagnetic core at that point. Then, you should turn on the pilot fire and stand by around thirty seconds until it warms the thermal couple. After that, you will notice that the spring is no longer pushing your fingers towards the start button. Hmmm, What could it be? well? the ferromagnetic core starts receiving millivoltages from the heated wires that magnetized the small iron plate. The gas will pass then the heater will probably start burning the gas.

Okay! so how was it? feel free to share your insights in the comments below but before that let’s take a look at how does the gas burner works??

The Gas heater’s Burner

An image of a Gas burner, fill with holes that excretes blue flame
Gas heater burner

The Gas Burner has a carburetor. It is the one who blends the recommended gas for your heater with the air coming from your room. This air-fuel combination goes to the burner, which is only a chamber with numerous little openings where the heater burns the gas. The best possible combination of the gas and different segments appropriately. The burner utilizes a sprayer that controls the gas streams that makes the blend sufficient. The air passage has a butterfly valve that can be changed when both are appropriately modified that yields a blue fire, and it doesn’t produce any smoke. It is commonly advised not to utilize a gas heater that ignites with yellow fire because it shows inadequate ignition, which can be hazardous.

Important Notice:

Image of a house that is burnt

You should never operate a heater in which the safety device has been tampered with or is working improperly. Or else you will end up as a lifeless toasted corpse or a homeless citizen just because you failed to do so.

Are gas heaters safe?

All Gas heaters can be dangerous to you because all of the gas heaters can spill carbon monoxide that can be extremely dangerous to your health. Breathing CO can cause headaches, dizziness, retching, and sickness.

But worry no more because McDonald home solutions got you covered.

Here is a guide on what you will do:

  1. Always check the ventilation requirements.
  2. At least once every two years you need to have serviced it by a qualified gas fitter just like us.
  3. Inquire for safety advice because some heaters may need fresh airflow to run smoothly and safely.
  4. Always remember to prepare for the winter days so before the winter comes, service your gas heater.

Why are gas heaters so expensive?

Yes, gas heaters are expensive. But wait, don’t be discouraged because, in the long run, you can save up a big-money by choosing a gas heater. There is a good debate between gas heaters and electric heaters, and now you’re confused. For our preference, it is good to choose a gas heater. Why? Because the gas is much cheaper than the electricity plus, it does the job effectively because it heats faster than the electric heaters at the same time and not just that it can heat your whole house cheaply than the electric heater. There is one good point that we can give to electric heaters. It is worth the cost if your purpose is heating a room.