Why You need a Registered Gas Fitter
It is absolutely essential for both your home and your health that any appliances or equipment connected to an LPG Gas source be fitted, maintained and repaired by a licensed gas fitter, such as those available from Ruttley Plumbing.
Gas fitting is no weekend DIY project. In New South Wales, licensed gas fitters are required to complete at least two years of combined industry experience, in addition to a number of additional specific and time-consuming tertiary qualifications relating to the safe handling of gas, as well as design, manufacture and installation.
Getting qualified can take experienced gas fitters up to five years of intensive training both on the job and at the desk — and for good reason.
What Counts as Gas Fitting Work?
Gas fitting work is defined by the Gas Supply Act 1996 and includes any work completed on a gas installation connected (including those intended to be connected) to a compressed natural gas container.
As defined in the Home Building Act 1989, gas fitting work also means any work involved in the installation, alteration, extension removal or repair of a gas installation (including a flue).
This can include a number of items integral to your home that you may not realise require a licensed gas fitter, including ovens, water heaters, general heating, barbecues and even pool heaters.
All of this type of work requires not only a licensed contractor like Ruttley Plumbing, but also a Certificate of Inspection or Certificate of Compliance to NSW Fair Trading.
What are Some of the Dangers of Unqualified Gas Installation, and gas in general?
Incorrect gas installation can cause more than a headache for your wallet after broken appliance repair costs. If a natural gas furnace or appliance isn’t installed correctly, it can cause a build up of carbon monoxide in the home or building. Carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless gas that can lead to death and property damage.
Carbon monoxide is heavier than air, so opening a window won’t help — it accumulates in low areas, rather than dissipating. On top of the poisonous effects of increased carbon monoxide levels to pets and humans, when introduced to a spark source carbon monoxide can generate an explosive mixture with air if the cylinder (or even attached equipment) leaks.
NSW Fair Trading warns that spark sources can be much more than outright Fire
Spark sources can include electrical components such as remote locking systems, electric motors (in cars this means starter motor, wipers, aerial), as well as items around the home like radios and sound systems, cigarette lighters, and in some circumstances even light switches.
Even when not dealing with new or changing appliances, over time gas fittings and gas filters become loose, corroded, or can completely fail after years of use — this is typical in older homes and commercial factory environments. Many older properties can have older gas systems still using legacy appliances that place strain on the fittings.
Read Ruttley Plumbing’s handy guide on what to do if you smell gas here.
Not only do DIY repairs endanger valuable equipment installations, they can also void your home, business or property insurance.
Regardless of the size and cost of the work, or whether your gas use is residential, commercial or industrial, you need to contact an expert like Ruttley Plumbing when dealing with gas fitting.