Setting up the right connections, the right way, is more than worthwhile for your safety. Here’s what you need to know about gas fitting.
The way that we power our homes has varied over the years, and so have the fuel sources that have made their way into the picture.
While electricity reigns supreme, natural gas is another method that many homeowners are tapped into for essential operations such as hot water heaters. Without this fuel source, things would get cold, and fast.
But just like electrical work, gas fitting is a regulated industry that requires its own level of respect and understanding. And while basic electrical appliances can be simply plugged in by a homeowner, it is not the same when it comes to gas fixtures. Theses require the practiced hand of a licensed gas fitter, making any time or money you spend well worthwhile.
If you’re wondering if gas fitting is worth it, here’s what you need to know.
What is gas fitting?
Put simply, gas fitting is anytime you have to establish a connection between gas pipes or valves and any equipment or appliances that rely on gas for fuel and power.
A gas fitter, therefore, is a plumber who specialises in making these connections properly or providing repair work on the gas lines and/or appliances that are connected.
Here in Australia, it’s illegal in most states and territories for gas fitting to be done by anyone other than a licensed and insured professional gas fitter. That means that as tempted as you might be to take a shortcut and tackle a project yourself, you simply shouldn’t. These regulations are in place to keep everyone involved safe. Natural gas is a fuel source that should not be tampered with by non-professionals since there can be leaks, fires, and other dangers that cause harm to people and property.
The (many) benefits of hiring a gas fitter
That said, hiring a gas fitter might seem like a hassle but it’s really an investment in the safety and security of your home. Gas fitters are also more than just people who plug in hot water heaters. They’re able to perform a variety of tasks for your home that can help keep you safe. Here’s a short list:
- Run new gas plumbing lines to existing property
- Swap out energy sources for heating and cooling
- Repair and install kitchen appliances
- Install LPG systems
- Connect and repair hot water heaters
- Install flues for gas appliances
- Check existing construction for code compliance
Downsides to keep in mind
There are very few downsides to contracting a gas fitter.
After all, your safety will be foremost and going with a licensed professional will ensure you have the right work done for the job. Of course, waiting on a gas fitter to get your project done can be time consuming and a bit of a hassle especially if you go with a team that is not local or that is less experienced. To avoid this, call around to find out projected start times and when the gas fitter can be available for your job. While you’re at it, make sure that they offer emergency services in case something comes up after the fact.
And of course there is cost.
While many homeowners look to cut corners and costs by trying to do some of the smaller gas fitting jobs themselves, like setting up a new laundry dryer, this can have larger long-term consequences. To start with, you could do the connection wrong and end up with a gas leak or a fire, damaging your home in an otherwise avoidable situation.
There’s also the chance that you could set things up incorrectly and, because you are not a licensed professional, you can void the warranty on your appliance. In the end, the cost of hiring a professional is well worth the savings in safety and security.
What to look for in a gas fitter in Canberra or Bungendore
First and foremost, start with looking at the amount of experience the gas fitter or plumbing service has specifically with the work you need done.
There are too many services that claim they can provide assistance with these jobs only to fall short when they are inexperienced.
Next, make sure that whoever you choose is both licensed and insured. The goal of hiring a gas fitter is to be certain that the person doing the work has the proper credentials to ensure your safety and the correct completion on the job. Other things you can consider asking as you look for a gas fitter include:
- “Do you have references that I can speak to?”
- “How many years have you been in business?”
- “What are your hours of operation?”
- “Do you offer emergency services?”
- “Do you offer quotes or estimates for work?”
- “What kind of warranties are included?”
- “Do you secure any required permits?”
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Choosing a gas fitter from Fluid Plumbing for your project
Gas fitting is an essential service that every homeowner will have a need for at some time or another during their stay. Appliances break or require upgrades. Hot water heaters go on the fritz. And when people run into these problems, having a gas fitter on call through a local plumbing service can be the difference between major inconvenience and quick solutions.
That’s why the team at Fluid Plumbing staffs licensed and insured gas fitters available around the clock to help with all of your gas installation and repair needs. Our team has over 12 years of experience and a top-notch reputation in Canberra for providing timely, professional services that suit any budget or need.
Experiencing an emergency? No problem. Fluid Plumbing also offers emergency call out services to help with any piping, drainage, or gas needs that come up, no matter the time of day. Call us on 04 1116 9327 for a fast free quote or request answers online today!