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Use of Licensed Gas Fitters Explained

(Plus How to Find a Qualified Gas Fitter)

Why do you need to use a gas fitter?
How do you find a gas fitter for your type of project?
You must always use a licensed gas fitter for any projects that involves gas. 
This includes gas appliance installations, repairs and maintenance, as well as installing LPG gas bottles on your home and all other gas fitting work.

Licensed Gas Fitters Required in All States

Licensed gas fitterAll states and territories require the use of a licensed gas fitter for all gas related work, including both LPG and natural gas.

Do not attempt to do gas work yourself or to use a tradesperson who does not have specialist gas training and a specific gas fitter license. 

Unlicensed gas work is illegal and potentially dangerous.  

Your manufacturer’s warranty and insurance cover may also be void if gas work is performed by an unlicensed person.

Licensing

Gas fitter installationLicensed gas fitters have a gas fitter number, issued by their State regulatory authority, authorising them to carry out gas fitting work. (Typical gas fitter installation shown)  

Some States have different endorsements for different types of gas fitting work, such as gas appliance conversions.  

Ask to see the gas fitter’s license to confirm that the tradesperson is entitled to do the specific type of gas work you require.

Gas Fitters vs Plumbers

Many gas fitters are also plumbers but not all plumbers are gas fitters.

If you require work to be done on a gas hot water system, make sure you get a tradesperson who is licensed for both the gas fitting and plumbing trades. 

Also, you may need to ask the gas fitter if he does the specific kind of gas installation that you need, such as a gas fireplace.  

Not all gas fitters are experienced at installing all types of gas appliances, so you should not hesitate to ask.

Compliance Certificates, Badges and Plates

NSW gas compliance plateDepending upon which State or Territory you live in, you will receive Notice of Compliance Certificate or a Compliance Badge/Plate will be affixed to the installation. (NSW gas compliance plate shown)

In it the gas fitter declares that the installation complies with all of the Australian Standards and statutory requirements.  

If an installation is faulty, this also requires the gas fitter to come back and correct the defect.

Typical Gas Fitting Tasks

Gas fitters do many different types of gas fitting tasks including:

  • Gas appliance installation, conversions, repairs and maintenance

  • Gas bottle installation including regulators, changeover valves, pigtails and gas lines

  • Installation and repairs of gas flue pipes.

  • Installation of gas meters, valves and associated pipe work.

  • Adjusting of gas pressure

  • Installation of gas detection systems

  • Leak testing and repairs

How to Find a Qualified Gas Fitter

Find a licensed gas fitterWe are pleased to introduce Trade Finder, a great new way to find the right gas fitter for your job. 

We’ve partnered with Bosch and Rinnai to put together a great tool to find the right gas fitter-plumbers for your home. 

Finally, a way to make sure your gas fitter is qualified and trained to install the product you want!

All of the Bosch gas fitters listed are factory trained

Bosch maintains a factory training centre, as well as supporting TAFE gas fitter programmes.  

Their gas fitters-plumbers know all about Bosch LPG gas hot water systems and can install your LPG gas bottles, too.

The Rinnai gas fitters are part of their Rinnai 1st Care Accredited Gas Fitter-Plumber programme.  

As both licensed gas fitters and plumbers, they not only install Rinnai LPG gas hot water systems, they can also install all of the great Rinnai heaters and Rinnai gas log fires.

We also list quality independent gas fitter-plumbers who are skilled with LPG and LPG appliances. 

These are included, along with the Bosch and Rinnai gas fitters, in our "ALL TRADES" map tool tab.

How To Add LPG Gas & Appliances to Your Home

Adding LPG to your home is easier than you think!

We work with you to get you the appliances you want, an experienced tradesman to do the installation and everything you need to know as a New User of Home LPG.

Here are 5 simple steps to get started:

1. Choose Your Appliances

First, you decide on which LPG Gas Appliances you wish to have.

Our Online Appliance Catalogue has a great selection of types, brands and models from which to choose.

 

Continuous Flow LPG Gas Hot Water SystemsRinnai Infinity 20

These are a great choice to replace old electric hot water heaters.

They are energy efficient and they only run when you are using your hot water. 

Best of all, you'll never run out of hot water again!

LPG Gas HeatersRinnai EnergySaver Gas Heater

Gas heaters have advantages over the electric alternatives.

They can heat an area much more quickly and, unlike reverse cycle air conditioning, continue to provide maximum heat output even when it's very cold outside.

Gas CookingGas Cooker

Professional chefs know that gas is the obvious way to go.

Rapid heating and instantaneous heat control makes it the choice of professional chefs and great home cooks around the world.

Go to online gas appliance store

2. Buy Your Appliances

Pre-purchase the appliances so that they can be connected as part of the LPG installation process.  

Make sure you specify the LPG version of the appliances, as they are slightly different from the natural gas models. 

This will save time and could save you money, as you will only need to have the gas fitter to your home for one complete project. 

You could save even more money, if you choose one of our great LPG Bundle Offers.

3. Pick Your LPG Supplier

45kg gas bottles

You also want to pick your LPG supplier before the gas fitter starts, as the tradesman will need to know from whom to order the initial gas bottles.

As part of the selection process, you will need to decide on the type of delivery that you want.

There are two choices: Automatic Tanker Delivery and Gas Bottle Exchange services.

Most home LPG users prefer the Automatic Tanker Delivery, as there is no need to check gas bottles, changeover between gas bottles or even order gas.

With our Automatic Tanker Delivery, the deliveries are scheduled for you, based on the appliances you choose and how much gas you use. 

You even have the option of underground LPG storage.  It really is EFFORTLESS LPG™!

4. Choose a Licensed Gas Fitter

You should choose a licensed gas fitter that is familiar with LPG and the installation of the appliances you have selected.

For example, some gas fitters may not install gas fireplaces or other particular types of appliances. 

Some specialise in a particular type of appliance, such as hot water heaters. 

We work with you to identify an experienced gas fitter in your area who can do what you require. 

Also see Use of Licensed Gas Fitters Explained

Try our Trade Finder Map Tool to find a qualified gas fitter close to you:

Find a local plumber or gas fitter

5. Install Your Gas Fittings & Appliances

The gas fitter will install a gas regulator, the gas bottle connectors and the gas service pipe to the appliance locations.   

These items become part of your property. 

We provide the gas bottles and our $80 Bonus Welcome Package

A typical installation has two 45kg gas bottles

Be sure to tell the gas fitter if you are getting our Automatic Tanker Delivery, as this can affect the placement of the gas bottles.

Please see our illustrated Gas Bottle Placement Guide

The gas fitter will then install and connect the appliances, including any plumbing work that is required.

We will coordinate the initial gas delivery so that he can test the appliances as the last step of the project.

6. Enjoy Your New Gas Appliances

 Checklist for adding LPG to a home

So, how does Trade Finder work?  

You simply go to the Trade Finder Map Tool

Once there, pick one of the three tabs: “All Trades”, "Rinnai Installers" or "Bosch Installers"  and enter your post code or suburb.  

Trade Finder will then display a map showing all of the closest gas fitters to your home.  

You just click on the map icon closest to your home and you’ll get the contact details of a qualified gas fitter.

You can even click & print special offers worth up to $130 in gas credits!

Trade Finder map tool
 

The information in this article is derived from various sources and is believed to be correct at the time of publication. However, the information may not be error free and may not be applicable in all circumstances.

 

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