What is Gas Fitting?
Gas fitting actually covers a wide range of work. It can be residential, commercial or industrial. And in reality, gas fitting includes anything from the construction process through to installation and repairs.
But, most simply put, gas fitting is working with any appliance or pipeline that has a gas supply.
A gas fitter can truly do anything, from a gas heater service to installing gas hot water systems to relocating a gas BBQ. There are a couple of different classifications, though, with your residential gas fitter slightly different to a specialist or Type B gas fitter.
Regardless of what Australian state or territory you live in there is one common denominator, however. Anything that involves gas maintenance, inspection or installation requires a licensed gas fitter.
Legally you cannot and should not do any gas work on your own – unless you happen to be licensed.
Is a Plumber Also a Gas Fitter?
This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions. The answer? Usually, yes.
Every plumber will undertake some gas fitting training during their four year plumbing apprenticeship. When they graduate from their apprenticeship they will hold an interim gas licence.
Now, the interim licence means a young plumber can work on gas appliances such as hot water systems. But they will need to be under the supervision of a fully licensed gas fitter.
Then, after at least 12 months, a plumber can secure their full gas fitting licence.
Conversely, you can also be a gas fitter without being a plumber. Mechanics and electricians can take on training to work in gas, as it’s certainly relevant to their fields.
What Does a Gas Fitter Do?
So what exactly does an average gas fitter do? In essence, they keep you safe. They ensure all gas appliances and systems are installed properly and working properly.
That includes gas instantaneous hot water systems, gas ovens and indoor gas heaters. Here are the three main tasks they look after.
- Connect to the main gas line: Without a natural gas connection, your gas appliances will be pretty useless. A licensed gas fitter is the only person who can get your home – or business – connected to the main gas line. They work with all the regulations and standards set in place so your gas supply is just right. Gas fitters do everything from laying pipe correctly to sealing joints and managing the flow rate. It’s crucial from day one the gas connection is secure.
- Install gas appliances: A gas cooker, gas hot water system and gas heating all need proper installation. For some, the process will be relatively simple. Sometimes, however, you’ll need to have gas pipes extended, altered or perhaps even replaced. Each appliance will also need to be tested. That includes gas leak detection and carbon monoxide testing. To avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, flues or vents are a necessary addition to any gas appliance.
- Monitor and maintain a safe supply: From day one of connection, you want to maintain regular gas appliance services. Seasonal appliances like gas heating should be serviced once a year to clean out the parts and check for leaks. Gas ovens, gas hot water systems and gas pipes also deserve regular maintenance to extend their lifetime and prevent any serious breakdowns.
Following any installation or service, you will also be reassured by the provision of a certificate of compliance. The certificate confirms all gas appliances and systems are running in perfect order.
When Should I Call a Gas Fitter?
If you’re wondering when it’s time to pick up the phone and call a gas fitter, we’ve got you covered. Gas fitting involves working with natural gas or propane, which can be potentially dangerous if mishandled.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so here are a few situations when you should definitely call a professional for gas fitting:
- Gas or carbon monoxide leaks: If you suspect a gas leak in your home, don’t wait a second longer. Gas leaks are serious and can lead to fires or even explosions. If you smell gas or hear hissing sounds near your gas appliances, shut off the gas supply immediately and evacuate your home. A carbon monoxide leak has no smell, so it can be even more dangerous. Call a gas fitter to locate and repair leaks.
- Gas installation services: Whether you’re getting a new gas stove, water heater, furnace, or any other gas appliances, it’s crucial to have a gas fitter install it for you. They have the knowledge and expertise to ensure a safe and proper installation, making sure the operating pressure is correct and preventing any potential hazards down the line.
- Gas line repairs: If you notice any issues with your gas lines, such as corrosion, damage, or leaks, it’s essential to call a gas fitter right away. They can assess the problem, repair or replace the damaged lines, and ensure everything is functioning correctly.
- Gas appliance maintenance: Regular maintenance is essential to keep your gas appliances, such as gas stoves and heaters, running smoothly and safely. A gas fitter can perform inspections, cleanings, and tune-ups on your domestic appliances to ensure they are operating efficiently and minimise the risk of malfunctions or leaks.
Remember, when it comes to gas-related matters, it’s better to err on the side of caution. Calling a professional gas fitter will provide you with peace of mind knowing that your gas system is in good hands and that you and your home are safe from potential gas-related dangers.
What are the Warning Signs of a Gas Leak?
Gas leaks are serious and can pose a significant risk to your safety and the well-being of your home. It’s crucial to be aware of the warning signs that indicate a potential gas leak. If you notice any of the following signs, take immediate action:
- Smell of gas: Natural gas and propane have distinct odours that resemble rotten eggs. If you detect this pungent smell in your home, it’s a strong indication of a gas leak. Even if it’s just a faint smell, don’t ignore it. Take it seriously and investigate further.
- Hissing or whistling sounds: Unusual noises, such as hissing or whistling sounds near your gas appliances or gas lines, can be an indication of a gas leak. These sounds often result from gas escaping through a damaged or loose connection. If you hear such noises near gas lines or appliances, it’s essential to address the issue promptly.
- Dead or discoloured vegetation: If your plants, trees, or grass suddenly appear dead or discoloured without any apparent reason, it could be due to a gas leak underground. Gas escaping from a damaged gas line can affect nearby vegetation, causing it to wither or change colour.
- Bubbles in water: Gas leaks can sometimes contaminate the water supply, leading to the formation of bubbles or froth in standing water or near plumbing fixtures. If you notice this unusual occurrence, it’s advisable to investigate further and contact a professional.
- Physical symptoms: Gas leaks can cause physical symptoms in individuals, including dizziness, nausea, fatigue, headaches, and difficulty breathing. If you or your family members experience any of these symptoms and they improve when you leave the house, it’s crucial to evacuate immediately and seek medical attention.
If you observe any of these warning signs, it’s vital to take immediate action. Evacuate the premises, avoid using any electrical switches or open flames, and call your gas provider or emergency services to report the gas leak.
Remember, your safety comes first, and it’s always better to be cautious when it comes to gas-related concerns.
Call Plumber Near Me for Gas Fitting Services
If you want a regular gas heater service, call a licensed Plumber Near Me gas fitter once a year, ideally right before winter.
And when they come, ask for your other appliances and gas pipeline to be looked over, too.
If you ever notice a change in your health – or your family’s – and suspect a gas leak, call Plumber Near Me for gas fitting services straight away.
Warning signs such as a headache, dizziness or nausea could all indicate a gas leak. Most noticeably, you may smell something resembling rotten eggs.
In case of a gas leak emergency, do not waste any time. Plumber Near Me provides emergency plumbing services and will arrive promptly. With 24/7 availability you know you can always count on us for help.
Your safety is our first priority when it comes to gas and our fully licensed gas fitters are always ready to answer the call.
Please note: This information is provided for advice purposes only. Regulations differ from state to state, so please consult your local authorities or an industry professional before proceeding with any work. See our Terms & Conditions here.