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).
Gas appliance service
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.