Operating natural gas appliances.
Most gas appliances have an ignition button. If you have to light an appliance with a match, light the match first, then turn on the gas. If the burner won’t light, turn off the gas and wait until the smell clears before trying again.
Correct flame colour for gas appliances:
To avoid unsafe use of appliances, you should:
Turning on your gas meters and lighting appliances.
Before turning on your gas meter, ensure that all appliance controls are turned off. After turning on your gas meter, light a burner on your gas cooker or turn on your heater and make sure that it stays alight for a few minutes. This is a good way to make sure there’s no air in your gas piping. Then light the other appliances by following the manufacturer’s instructions. If you’re unsure, call a licensed gasfitter or call the appliance manufacturer.
What’s the difference between natural gas and LP gas?
Natural gas is different from LP gas (a bottled or stored form of gas). Don’t confuse them – running an appliance on the wrong type of gas can be dangerous. Never connect LP gas to a natural gas appliance – unless it’s been converted for that purpose. A licensed gasfitter or the appliance manufacturer must carry out any conversion.
Buying new or second hand appliances.
Whether you are buying new or second-hand gas appliances or having any gas service or maintenance work carried out, you should always use a licensed gasfitter or the manufacturer’s technician. Licensed gasfitters must carry registration cards. After completing any work for you, they must provide you with a ‘Certificate of Compliance’. All installations including gas piping work must always be carried out by a licensed gasfitter.
Meeting approved standards.
When buying appliances, they must meet the approved standards of the Australian Gas Association (AGA) or Standards Australia International Global. Appliances must carry a compliance plate with an AGA approval number. This confirms they are designed to run specifically on natural gas. If you buy a second-hand gas appliance, always check the compliance plate and have it installed by a licensed gasfitter.
Installing unflued appliances.
Unflued (without a chimney) gas heaters require proper permanent ventilation and can only be used in rooms that are a certain size. So before you buy, it’s important to check with the appliance retailer or a licensed gasfitter that they are suitable for your home:
If you feel that your appliance installation is unsafe or unsatisfactory, you should:
Inside the house.
Ventilation is essential.
Gas cookers, hot water units and unflued heaters release fumes that under certain circumstances can be harmful. So make sure there is sufficient ventilation. If you ever experience headaches, drowsiness, sore eyes or throat when using a gas appliance, turn it off immediately and ventilate the area. Do not use the appliance again until it has been checked by a licensed gasfitter.
To prevent poor ventilation:
if you are connecting an unflued heater yourself to an existing bayonet connection, check ventilation requirements are adequate with a licensed gasfitter, the appliance manufacturer or appliance retailer.
Here are some other gas smart tips:
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