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 a gas cooktop 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 and 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 and gas hot water systems 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 want a regular gas heater service, call a 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 in a licensed Jim’s Plumbing gas fitter.
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. Jim’s Plumbing 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!