Home Appliance Safety Your Gasfitter

Your Gasfitter

Using a Type A licensed and qualified gasfitter for all installation, repairs or renovations involving gas work is imperative. Not all gas workers are qualified to work on all types of gas appliances.

Request to see the gasfitters licence before any work has been conducted and look on the back of the card under Specialised Classes for the licensed and registration tick against Gas Servicing – Type A. 

You can also check online via the Victorian Building Authority directory – Find a Practitioner  if a gasfitter is licensed. It is illegal and dangerous for unqualified people who do not have specialist gas knowledge and skills.

The Gasfitter should follow the below process when conducting a gas heater service:

Negative pressure testing

Negative pressure is created when extraction fans (including kitchen rangehoods) remove air from a building more quickly than it can be replenished. When this happens, air can be drawn back down your space heater’s flue, causing carbon monoxide and other gases to enter the room (instead of being vented outside as they should be).

  • All external doors and windows are to be closed
  • All exhaust fans are to be turned on throughout the home
  • Your gasfitter will use a smoke pen to create a small source of smoke and watch where the smoke goes. If the smoke moves towards the heater, then your heater’s exhaust is functioning as it should. If the smoke moves towards the extraction fans, you have a negative pressure situation. Basically, what that means is that the pulling power of your exhaust fans is too strong for your heater’s flue exhaust. This may not be a fault with your heater and your gasfitter will recommend the steps to take to resolve the issue if possible.

Gas appliance service 

  • Pull apart and clean appliance
  • Conduct a flue integrity check
  • Ventilation size and clearance check
  • Appliance is assessed for any damage or remedial work
  • Check furnace connections to the flue pipes and venting systems
  • The gasfitter must use a CO analyser to conduct a carbon monoxide spillage test on completion of work. This test checks the key areas of your gas heater and room for spillage. Your plumber will use a probe to check different parts of the heater and the room it is in to make sure there is no carbon monoxide in the air.
  • If an appliance has been installed, the licensed gasfitter must give you a compliance certificate after completing the installation

When your heater needs to be disabled 

If your carbon monoxide spillage cannot be stopped and the appliance is deemed unsafe, your gasfitter has a legal obligation to disable your gas appliance. The appliance must be repaired or replaced by a qualified gasfitter.

This action will save not only prevent illness and injury, it will also save your life.

Miss Kiss
Griffiths Goodall
Energy Safe Victoria