What Does A Gas Fitter Do?
Have you ever wondered what a gas fitter does? Learn more about what this profession entails and their responsibilities in our comprehensive guide about gas plumbing professionals.
Gas connections are an indispensable part of every household.
And no matter how regularly you get it maintained, problems with gas fittings are bound to arise. In turn, poor gas fittings can damage your appliances and pose a danger to your family’s life.
The worst part is that a faulty gas fitting or leaking gas line can sometimes be difficult to detect right away. 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 the professionals do what they do best.
For your reference, 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.
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. Other than your home, gas fitters are required in commercial and industrial areas.
Since gas fitting requires intricate work with small equipment, the professionals need a significant amount of training and qualifications.
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 fitters salary and slowly get raises according to their growth.
During the apprenticeship, the trainee must complete a Certificate IV in Gas Supply Industry Operations (UEG40118) to become a gas fitter in Australia. Further, they must get registered with an appropriate authority supervising the building industry depending on the territory.
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.
The most important job of a gas fitter is to connect your home to gas lines. Gas lines ensure that your household is provided with sufficient gas for cooking, warming water, temperature control, and so on.
We advise you to get your gas connections checked by a gas fitter at least once a year. Even if there are no faults and damages, gas leaks are not usually detectable. However, do watch out for some tell-tale signs like gas odour, dead indoor plants, bubbling near pipes, and more.
It is the responsibility of a gas fitter to ensure that your appliances are functioning well to prevent gas-related accidents. For this, 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.
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, burners, and more.
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 right away.
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 issues, you can rest assured that the safety of your household is in good hands.
However, we suggest noting down signs of trouble and disconnecting your appliances while the gas fitter is on the way. This will help make their job easier and faster.
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.
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.
Installing safety systems will not be fruitful unless we know how to use them. Therefore, a gas fitter must give proper instructions on using the safety systems efficiently.
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, and in most cases, 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.
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, it is always in your best interest to contact a professional to fix gas-related issues at home. If you are in the Melbourne area, reach out to your team at WP Plumbing. We are licensed and insured gas fitters.
Until next time!
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