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Installing and maintaining a gas appliance

 

Whether you’re putting in a gas fireplace, water heating, oven, cooktop or heating system, you must always hire a licensed gasfitter. The experts will make sure it is connected correctly, flued and vented properly, working properly, and most importantly safe to use.

All authorised tradespeople must carry their authorisation card issued by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board. Sanitary plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying are regulated industries in New Zealand and it’s illegal for anyone to do this work unless they are authorised by the Board to do so.

Get your gas appliances regularly serviced

So, how do you know whether your gas appliance is working safely? As a start, get your gas appliances regularly serviced.

If you own or use a gas appliance, make sure you’re clear about who’s responsible for maintaining it. A regular service will keep it running safely and efficiently.

Gas fireplaces and LPG cabinet heaters should be serviced every year. Other space heaters and water heaters should be serviced at least every two years.

When a licensed gas worker carries out work in your home, ask them to double check that all your appliances are properly installed and maintained in good working order.

Consider replacing old appliances and avoid buying second-hand ones.

Watch out for appliances that are faulty or poorly maintained, and check that ventilation inlets are not blocked or restricted. Poorly maintained appliances or blocked flues or ventilation can produce carbon monoxide, which can be fatal.

If you’re a landlord you must ensure that you provide a safe gas installation for your tenant.

Gas appliances must be properly ventilated

Gas appliances need fresh air to operate safely and efficiently. Only use unflued appliances in areas that are well ventilated. And:

  • Never use an unflued gas appliance in small spaces like a bedroom, bathroom, cabin or caravan.
  • Don’t use outdoor gas appliances like patio heaters and barbecues indoors.
  • Camping appliances like lanterns and cookers must never be used in unventilated areas like caravans and sealed tents.

Look out for the danger signs

Turn off your appliance and contact a licensed gas worker if any of these danger signs occur:

  • The flame burns yellow instead of blue. (Note: some flame-effect gas fireplaces are designed to burn with a yellow flame.)
  • There are soot deposits in or around the appliance.
  • You smell an unpleasant odour which is similar to car exhaust.
  • You feel unwell with flu-like symptoms when a gas appliance is being used.

Who should install a new gas appliance?

[image] Example of authorisation card issued by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board. Never try to install a new gas appliance yourself. Whether you’re putting in a gas fireplace, water heating, oven, cooktop or heating system, you must always get a licensed gasfitter on the job (it’s illegal for anyone else to carry out gasfitting work). They’ll ensure it’s connected correctly, flued and ventilated properly, and in good working order, and most importantly safe to use.

All authorised tradespeople must carry their authorisation card issued by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board. Sanitary plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying are regulated industries in New Zealand and it’s illegal for anyone to do this work unless they are authorised by the Board to do so.

[image] Gas association of NZ, LPG association of NZ, WorkSafe and Energy Safety Logos banner Gas Association of New Zealand Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association of New Zealand WorkSafe New Zealand Energy Safety - WorkSafe New Zealand

Last updated 22 July 2016