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Gas connections are an indispensable part of every household.

And no matter how regularly you maintain it, problems with gas fittings will arise. Poor gas fittings can damage your gas-related appliances and threaten your family’s life.

The worst part is that a faulty gas fitting or leaking gas line can sometimes be difficult to detect immediately. Only an experienced and licensed gas fitter can find the cause of the problem and provide the best solution to tackle it. Thus, we believe in letting a licensed gas fitter do what they do best. But what exactly does a gas plumber do?

We have prepared this short guide that covers the functions of a gas fitter and why you should call them instead of DIY-ing some fixes. So, without further ado, let’s get started with what gas fitting services are.

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Who Is A Qualified Gas Fitter?

A gas fitter is simply a person who is licensed to work with natural gas fixtures and devices. Installation, maintenance and repair – these professionals can handle everything related to gas fittings. Gas fitters are required in commercial and industrial areas besides your home.

Training And Certification Required To Become A Gas Fitter

Since gas fitting requires intricate work with small equipment, the professionals need significant training and qualifications.

1. Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship involves theoretical learning and practical training supervised by a licensed gas fitter.

During an apprenticeship, trainees can hone their skills while earning by the hour. An apprentice can earn up to 50% of a fully qualified gas fitter’s salary and slowly get raises according to their growth.

2. Certification

During the apprenticeship, the trainee must complete a Certificate IV in Gas Supply Industry Operations (UEG40118) to become a gas fitter in Australia. Further, depending on the territory, they must register with an appropriate authority supervising the building industry.

Lastly, a gas fitter must be accredited with a White Card to work on construction sites. So, even if you’ve been extremely handy since birth, the law mandates official certification and licensing to become a gas fitter.

What Does A Gas Fitter Do?

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1. Connecting Your Home To Gas Lines

A gas fitter’s most crucial job is connecting your home to gas lines. Gas lines ensure your household has sufficient gas systems for cooking, warming water, temperature control, etc.

2. Maintaining Gas Fixtures

We advise you to get your gas connections checked by a gas fitter at least once a year. Even with no faults and damages, gas leaks are not usually detectable. However, watch out for tell-tale signs like gas odour, dead indoor plants, bubbling near gas pipes, etc.

3. Ensuring Well-functioning Gas Appliances

A gas fitter’s responsibility is to ensure that your appliances are functioning well to prevent gas-related accidents. They must check if the appliances are correctly connected to the gas line, reducing the chances of gas leaks.

Only an efficiently conducted pipe installation can ensure a steady supply of gas. Hence, the connection should be such that the appliances can tap into the gas line while accessible for everyday use.

4. Repairing Gas Appliances

Gas fixtures require regular repairs as they deal with harmful gases and substances. Thus, a gas fitter should be adept at repairing gas meters, regulators, and burners.

Since gas regulators and meters are essential for ensuring proper gas supply, you should immediately fix any damage to these devices. So, if you notice incorrect gas readings and other mechanical problems with your gas devices, call a gas fitter directly.

5. Troubleshooting Gas Line Problems

If you cannot find the root cause of a gas line problem, you should trust a gas fitter to evaluate the issue correctly. Since they are professionally trained and licensed to identify such situations, you can rest assured that the safety of your household is in good hands.

However, we suggest noting signs of trouble and disconnecting your appliances while the gas fitter is on the way. This will help make their job easier and faster.

6. Installing Gas Safety Systems

A gas fitter can safeguard your home by suggesting preventive measures and installing safety systems. Since gas-related accidents often occur without warning, it is best to protect yourself by installing devices to protect you from further damage.

7. Fixing Flues

Flues allow waste gases to escape from your house. Without an exit point, these waste gases will remain in your home and pollute the indoor environment. Plus, some of these gases can be fatal. Thus, a gas fitter secures the connection between gas appliances and exit channels.

8. Creating Gas Safety Awareness

Installing safety systems will not be fruitful unless we know how to use them. Therefore, a gas fitter must efficiently give proper safety systems instructions.

Working Conditions Of A Gas Fitter

Generally, gas fitters work for 40 hours a week (8 hours every day). However, exceptional cases or emergencies may require gas fitters to be present on short notice and work overtime at the site. The additional time and work required will vary for different sectors and regions.

Worksites may be indoors or outdoors; most interactions are usually limited to customers. Thus, gas fitters are trained and prepared to work independently.

Natural gas is a flammable substance and dangerous to work with, so gas fitters are trained to use and wear special equipment.

Learning About Your Local Gas Fitter

That’s all for today, folks!

We hope this informative guide helped you understand the job of a gas fitter. Since handling gas can be dangerous, contacting a licenced gas fitter is always in your best interest to fix gas-related issues at home. If you are in the Melbourne area, contact your WP Plumbing team. We are licensed and insured gas fitters.

Until next time!

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