Use of Licensed Gas Fitters - Gas Plumbers Explained
How to Find a Good Gas Fitter
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.
What is a Licensed Gas Fitter?
Gas fitters do many different types of gas fitting tasks including:
Gas appliance installation, conversions, repairs and maintenance
45kg 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.
Installation of bayonet connectors
Adjusting of gas pressure
Installation of gas detection systems
Leak testing and repairs
Issuance of compliance certificates, plates, etc.
Please keep reading for all of the details…
Licensed Gas Fitters Required in All States
All 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.
Gas Fitter Licensing
Licensed 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
Depending 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.
How to Find a Qualified Gas Fitter
We 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Try our Trade Finder™ Map Tool to find a qualified gas fitter close to you:
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
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!
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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.