Natural gas is becoming the most common fuel source for heating and cooking in Australia and its easy to understand why. The benefits of having natural gas installed at your property is a great advantage to your home if gas is available in your street
Here are a few reasons why you should consider installing natural gas:
Running gas at home costs approximately 30% less to run than running the same appliances on electricity
Running gas is much more efficient and lowers emission levels into the environment by 20%
Australia has an endless amount of Natural gas in Sydney meaning we will always have an abundance of gas readily accessible
Here is a checklist for installing gas at your street
You have contacted your gas retailer & made sure gas is available at your property
You have decided on when you would like it installed
Please note this process generally takes 30-45 days to complete.
The quicker you engage a plumber the quicker you will have gas at your property
You have chosen the fixtures you would like to have run off gas
It is always better to allow for additional points that you may like added at a later stage
An on-site inspection is carried out by our qualified plumbers who will guide you through the entire process & provide a quote on the spot
Once the quote is approved & a deposit is made, our license number is provided to you for the process to begin
Without the license number provided, the process cannot commence
Gas emergencies in Sydney can surface without any warning and you might find yourself getting worried and frustrated. We never delay in sending out our rapid reponse team in Sydney to your location as soon as possible!
Turning your gas meter off
Make sure you turn off your main gas meter. Here is a photo of what the meter should look like. Ensure the gas handle is turned against the flow of direction in a horizontal position for it to be in the office position.
Where is the Gas Meter?
It is usually located at the front of your property or if in a unit underneath a kitchen sink
Emergency Gas Leaks & Repairs
New Gas Installations for Homes & Businesses
Heating Points & Additional Gas Bayonets
Outdoor BBQ Installation & Conversions to Natural Gas
Gas Hot Water System Installation & Repairs
Gas Cooktop Installations
Commercial Gas Repairs & Installations
Commercial Gas Cooker & Installations
Pool Pump Installations & Gas Meter Upgrades
Gas meter relocations
Galvanised steel pipes & the dangers they pose at your home.
Extreme Safety Hazard
Galvanised steel before copper and PEX pipework was introduced was the go-to pipe for all gas line installations. These pipes possess an extreme safety hazard if not inspected regularly or if they show signs of rust.
The dangers of these pipes rupturing unexpectedly is real.
A large amount of gas leaks in older style homes built in the 60s, 70s , 80s and early 90s report a significant amount of gas leaks each year which still have these pipes installed.
Issues for Gas Plumbers
The main issue plumbers face is plumbers do not carry equipment to join onto galvanised steel as the main pipes we use would be copper and PEX as noted above. You cannot simply cut out a section of pipe and join another to it without specialist’s equipment no plumbers carry.
The only way a plumber could replace a defective section of galvanised steel is to go back to a screwed joint and attach a copper adaptor and new section of piping if possible. When an older style fitting is removed, this generally means further joints downstream end up being affected meaning the entire line needs replacing back to the meter.
Comparison between a new & rusted galvanised pipe
Dangerously rusted galvanised steel pipe
Follow this checklist to help determine if a gas leak is present
Do you smell gas leak? If yes, call a plumber immediately
A scent is added to gas to ensure a gas leak is detected when smelt. Turn off gas mains immediately and call plumber to investigate.
A bubble gas leak detector test is conducted on the main line
All fixtures inside the property are isolated, and a special device is used which indicates any leaks on the main gas line.
This is a perfectly accurate tool when used correctly to pinpoint gas leak.
A gas leak detector is used to help pinpoint where a gas leak is coming from
Nitrogen testing & pipe tracing is another great method used to help find stubborn difficult gas leaks
Another basic test if you suspect you have a gas leak is to ensure no appliances are turned on at the property
Take a photo of the numbers of the gas meter and compare photos every hour for the next 4 hours. If the numbers have a moved, this likely indicates you have a gas leak. Call your gas plumber Sydney and arrange a site visit
Inspection & Quote
Arrange a gas plumber to attend to your property and provide you with a quote for the works needing to be completed
Once the quote has been approved, a fee is paid to the gas company Jemenna in order to have a standby by crew attend site once the line is exposed and ready to be moved. There are certain requirements in which a plumber must prepare before organising a crew
Once the crew attends, the plumber needs to ensure the line is exposed for the gas company to squeeze and shut off the gas supply, for the plumber to relocate the meter to the required new position
Testing Gas Flow
Once the work has been completed, the gas flow to the property is reinstated and all lines and the meter are tested to ensure no leaks are found and the area is safe
All fixtures will then need to purged and commissioned
Gas Bayonet Installation with Natural Gas
Natural gas provides a great warm feel to your house when used. It’s an energy efficient gas and is extremely economical to run.
Gas bayonet points are the most common use for gas heating around a house for room heating. Heaters are connected to the bayonets which all come with a hose which makes it easy to move around the house.
Think you have a leaking gas bayonet?
A good tip to know whether you have a leaking gas bayonet is to spray inside the bayonet with a soapy water spray whilst the hose from the heater is disconnected. If bubbles appear, turn your gas main off immediately and call your plumber.
Running your pool pump is quite common due to the fact, gas is close to 30% cheaper to run than electricity. When considering installing gas for your fuel source to run your pool pump, the following should be considered.
Large Gas Supply
Pool pumps need a large supply of gas to run efficiently. The MJ/H consumption is needed for your plumber to size your service accordingly
Gas Meter Upgrades
If a hot water system, a cooktop and other heating appliances connected to gas, the likelihood of having to upgrade your gas meter increases significantly.
If your gas meter is needed to be upgraded, we can assist with the entire project. The lines leading to into the house will also need to be upgraded as a larger pipe size is required due to the amount of gas consumption the pool pump requires to operate.
Listed below are some steps we consider
when deciding whether a gas meter upgrade is necessary.
An increase in gas is needed due to fixtures being added
A pool pump has been installed. If there are other heating appliances connected to gas, the chance of upgrading your gas meter increases greatly
A commercial kitchen or restaurant is upgrading their appliances and gas is required at a larger pressure (MJ/H)
LPG is bottled gas which is installed in bottles and pipework run in between the bottles and the appliances which is a fantastic alternative to natural gas
Sizing & setting up LPG bottles for your property
When setting up an LPG bottle setup its important to know how many fixtures and which appliances you would like to run off the bottles.
Once we know exactly how much MJ/H is used (gas consumption) we size the bottles up accordingly to the required gas need for the property. Extra tolerance is always provided to ensure that in the future, if any additional points were to be added we could do so without any major issues.
A typical LPG bottle setup shown below
In order to have the bottles delivered and installed by the gas supplier,
the following must be completed:
A twin gas bottle setup is installed complete with pig tails and a manual changeover.
Twin bottle is much ideal once the first bottle runs out. A manual change over is flicked over to the empty bottle which gives you time to have the empty bottle replaced before the second bottle runs out
Compliance & Certification
A compliance plate is installed, and a certificate of compliance is issued to the homeowner and gas retailer ensuring the entire gas service has been tested and certified
Stable & Leveled Foundation
The bottles are sitting on a level concrete ground on plinths
LPG Bottle Security
A chain is supplied to ensure bottles do not move or sway during heavy winds
Upholding Australian Standards
The plumber has installed the bottles away from any ignition sources or openings following all relevant Australian Standards.
Emergency LPG Gas Leaks & Repairs
New LPG Gas Installations for Homes & Businesses
Outdoor LPG BBQ Installation & Conversions to Natural Gas
LPG Gas Hot Water System Installation & Repairs
LPG Gas Cooktop Installations
LPG Commercial Gas Repairs & Installations
LPG Commercial Gas Cooker & Installations
Can have gas in my property if there is no gas that runs in our street?
Yes, you can. There are different ways to have gas run through your property. Speak to a qualified Gas Plumber in Sydney to walk you through your options.
It’s important that you consult our experts about your Gas Installation to discuss all the appliances and points that you require to get the most energy efficient property. An onsite property inspection will allow us to understand the best way to deliver the installation process through your property structure.
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Installing Gas in your property may be one of the best decisions you can do for your property long term. Gas installation Sydney service is one that must be conducted by a certified Gas Plumber in Sydney. There are many options that you can choose from when deciding to have gas installed at your property.
Our vehicles all come fully equipped with all the parts and tools necessary to have your gas installed on the same day. All our work has 100% workmanship guarantee and if you are not 100% satisfied with our service, we will give you $100 cash back. Our aim is delivering the best plumbing experience and to build our SPS Plumbers Family in Sydney. If you would like to book your free site inspection for a Gas Installation in Sydney please feel free to enquire with our friendly team today.