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Do you need gas plumbing or gas fitting services?

You might think that plumbers work with water and gas fitters work with gas, but many plumbers are qualified and licensed to do both. However, for a plumber to work with gas, they need to complete additional training to qualify as a gas fitter or gas plumber.

What is the difference between gas fitters and gas plumbers?

A qualified, licensed gas fitter takes care of anything that involves gas, whether you use natural gas or LPG bottles.

  • install, maintain and repair gas appliances, flues and gas bayonets
  • install gas leak detection systems
  • testing gas systems for correct pressures
  • gas safety system training

Around the home, a gas fitter can check the safety of your:

  • gas hot water heater
  • gas room heaters
  • gas stove or oven
  • gas BBQ

However, a qualified, licensed gas plumber takes care of the pipes and lines that feed gas to these appliances. You would need gas plumbing services for:

  • install or disconnect gas lines
  • maintain and repair gas infrastructure
  • inspect and repair problems with gas supply
flames burning from a gas heater

What is the difference between gas fitters and gas plumbers?

A qualified, licensed gas fitter takes care of anything that involves gas, whether you use natural gas or LPG bottles.

  • install, maintain and repair gas appliances, flues and gas bayonets
  • install gas leak detection systems
  • testing gas systems for correct pressures
  • gas safety system training

Around the home, a gas fitter can check the safety of your:

  • gas hot water heater
  • gas room heaters
  • gas stove or oven
  • gas BBQ

However, a qualified, licensed gas plumber takes care of the pipes and lines that feed gas to these appliances. You would need gas plumbing services for:

  • install or disconnect gas lines
  • maintain and repair gas infrastructure
  • inspect and repair problems with gas supply

Do I call a gas plumber or a gas fitter for gas hot water problems?

If you have a problem with your gas hot water system, your best bet is to find a plumber with gas fitter qualifications. That way, they can fix the problem whether it’s an issue with the gas lines supplying your water heater, or the appliance itself. 

Always make sure to describe the problem with as much detail as you can when calling your plumber. This will ensure the person who attends the job will have the correct qualifications and licenses to carry out whatever gas plumbing or gas fitting work is needed.

Gas problems and safety

Gas can be incredibly dangerous, which is why it’s important to know the signs of gas problems to ensure your safety before you call a gas plumber.

I think I have a gas leak!

If you can smell gas and suspect you have a leak: 

  • switch off any pilot lights and all appliances at the wall
  • switch off your gas supply at your gas meter, or close off your gas bottles
  • open as many doors and windows as possible to ventilate your home 
  • call a licensed plumber with gas fitter qualifications to assess the problem
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Operating gas heaters safely

It’s recommended that gas heaters and flues are serviced and inspected every two years by a qualified gas fitter to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Unlike the rotten egg smell that is added to LPG and natural gas to alert you to a gas leak, carbon monoxide is a by-product of those gases being burned. Unfortunately, carbon monoxide can be deadly – and has no smell, colour or taste to let you know it’s seeping into your home.

If you use gas heating, the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning you should look out for are: 

  • feeling unusually tired or drowsy
  • shortness of breath
  • headaches or dizziness
  • feeling nausea or weakness
  • feeling confused
  • chest pain

If you experience any of these symptoms while using a gas heater:

  • immediately switch the appliance off 
  • leave the building to get fresh air
  • seek medical advice – call 000 for emergency care, or NURSE-ON-CALL (1300 60 60 24) if symptoms are milder

Once you’ve taken care of your immediate safety, call a gas fitter to inspect and service your heater.

Common problems with gas appliances

Like any appliance in our home, ongoing use causes wear and tear that can lead to problems. While some problems can be very serious, others are more of a nuisance and can be taken care of with a little attention. 

Gas burner won’t light

If a burner on your stove top won’t light easily, this may be a sign there is debris blocking the jets. Check your user manual on how to clean the burners and try again. 

Flames are weak or uneven

This can be another indicator that the jets of your burners are blocked, or that you may have a problem with the gas supply. If cleaning the jets doesn’t help the flame burn stronger or more evenly, you may need to call a gas fitter.

blue and orange flame burning from gas stove top

Stove top flames are very noisy or yellow

Gas flames should burn blue, so yellow flames can be a sign that the gas is not burning cleanly. There may be something interfering with the airflow. Noisy flames may indicate there’s excess gas flowing through your burners. 

Pilot light is out

If the pilot light of your appliance has gone out, the first thing to do is check whether you can smell gas. DO NOT attempt to relight the pilot light if you can smell gas in the area! Call a gas fitter to check your appliance. If you cannot smell any gas and the area is well ventilated, check the appliance manual on how to relight your pilot light.

When you need a gas plumber in Sydney

Contact the team at Chiswick Plumbing for fully qualified and licensed gas plumbers and gas fitters in Sydney, Wollongong and Illawarra. We provide a full range of gas services including:

  • gas appliance installation
  • gas connection checks
  • gas connection service
  • gas hot water heater installation and service
  • gas bayonet installation
  • LPG to natural gas BBQ conversions

We provide 24/7 emergency gas services to ensure your safety day or night. To avoid an emergency, call 1300 55 2248 and schedule a service of your gas appliances.