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Natural gas in the home

Natural Gas (NG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) are not the same, therefore the correct gas must be used for the appliance. Operating an appliance on the wrong type of gas can be extremely hazardous.

Gas is one of the most effective and safe forms of heating and cooking, but it must be treated with respect. The greatest dangers arise through carelessness and ignorance.

Purchasing

When purchasing an appliance, whether new (instore or online) or second hand, ensure they are designed to operate on the gas you wish to use and are manufactured to an Australian Gas Association approved standard, by having the Australian Gas Association badge fitted to the appliance.

If purchasing a second-hand appliance, check the ID plate to ensure that is the correct gas appliance you require. When a second hand appliance is installed, the certified gasfitter must service the appliance to ascertain that it is operating safely.

Once installation is complete, the gasfitter is required to issue a Certificate of Compliance, certifying that the gas installation meets all statutory requirements and is safe for gas to be supplied. The gas supplier must also receive a copy of the Certificate of Compliance submitted by the gasfitter.

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and have the appliance serviced regularly.

Installation

Your domestic gas installation starts at the outlet of the natural gas meter and comprises of:

  • pipes - they convey the gas to the appliance
  • the appliance
  • flues or ducts - they carry the burnt products of combustion to atmosphere and provide fresh air to the appliance

Always use a certified gas practitioner for all gas installations and repairs.

LP gas or Natural Gas

Natural Gas and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) are not the same. LP gas must not be used to fuel an appliance designed for Natural Gas. Operating an appliance on the wrong type of gas can be extremely hazardous, most (but not all) appliances can be converted to run on natural gas. A certified Gas Practitioner must perform and certify conversions of gas appliances from one fuel to another.

The Gas Practitioner must install bayonet fittings. These are installed to allow the connection of appliances, such as portable unflued heaters and BBQ's for domestic use. You can't determine the type of gas that is supplying a bayonet simply by inspecting the fitting, it is therefore important to check the heater or bbq will run on the gas supplied to the residence.

Once the Gas Practitioner has completed the installation, you will be issued with a Certificate of Compliance, this certifies that the gas installation meets all statutory requirements and is safe for gas to be supplied. A gas supplier must also receive a copy of the Certificate of Compliance before they can connect gas to your installation.

If unsure, ask your Gas Practitioner to instruct you on how to use the appliance correctly. Always follow these and the manufacturers instructions and have your appliance serviced regularly.

Contacts for Natural Gas retailers in Tasmania

Tas Gas Retail
Phone: 1800 438 427 (1800 GET GAS)

Email: connections@tasgas.com.au
Web: www.tasgas.com.au

Aurora EnergyPhone: 1300 13 2003

Web: www.aurora.com.au