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Everything you need to know about finding a Gas Fitter

If you are using gas in any form in your home, then you need the services of a licensed gas fitter. For the safety of homeowners all states and territories require all gas related work to be carried out by a licensed contractor. Unlicensed gas work is illegal and may well be unsafe.

Gas fitters will ensure that all appliances and connections are safe to use and do not pose a danger to you. They can also safely and effectively maintain or repair gas appliances. Here’s what you need to know about selecting a gas fitter.

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What is a Gas Fitter?

A gas fitter can be defined as a person that installs and services natural gas fixtures and appliances in residential, commercial or industrial areas. As well as installing the fixtures and appliances, they also install related things such as gas meters, regulators, valves, and burners. They also maintain and repair gas equipment or appliances. You often see vans that say that they are plumbing and gas fitting companies but you should be aware that gas fitting is a separate occupation with different training and qualification requirements to plumbing. However, some plumbers do provide gas fitting services including installation, disconnection, maintenance and repair of pipes and fittings used in gas systems.

The Role of a Gas Fitter

The gas fitter may perform the following duties as part of their role:

  • Read and interpret plans, drawings, or specifications
  • Measure and mark points where gas equipment is to be located
  • Test pipe work used for gas appliances
  • Install gas pipes
  • Install appliances that use gas and the related equipment
  • Install flues for gas appliances
  • Install gas pressure regulating and gas detection systems
  • Give the customer information about how to correctly use and maintain their gas appliances
  • Install LPG systems in caravans and boats
  • Maintain gas appliances as necessary
  • Maintain pipes and other ancillary equipment that is necessary for the safe operation of items that use flue gases

Selecting a Gas Fitter

When selecting a gas fitter, it is vital to ensure that they are appropriately qualified and licensed. There are different types of licenses (permits, authorisations, or certificates of competency) so ensure that the license is the correct one for your situation. There is also information about the licensing of gas fitters on Licensedtrades.com.au.

The gas fitter should also provide an emergency service that is available 24/7 in the event of emergencies such as split pipes, leaking gas, and so forth. If you having gas appliances installed or maintained, make sure that you get several quotes on the work. Don’t necessarily choose the cheapest quote as it is more important that you are comfortable and confident with your gas fitter. When it comes to a material as volatile as gas, cheaper is not necessarily better if the work is not done properly.

How Much Does a Gas Fitter Cost?

Like many trades gas fitters charge an hourly rate. Expect to pay in the region of $50 to $90 per hour for a gas fitter, depending on location and experience. If your job is an emergency or your location is remote expect to pay a premium. There will typically be an additional charge for materials or if a product is installed. Clarify all this with the business when you make your enquiry.

 

 

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