November 09 2016 0Comment
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Why it’s important to maintain your gas appliances: LPG/Natural Gas

(Last Updated On: November 9, 2017)

To ensure your gas system and gas appliances’ is safe, performs at its peak and has longevity, you need to have your gas appliances inspected and cleaned regulalrly.

To ensure your maintenance is complete to the right standard, we have prepared some tips and tricks to be aware of.

Qualified Personnel:

Make sure an authorised service technician completes the upkeep of your gas system and gas appliances. This is important because this job can be very dangerous if done by a homeowner or unlicensed plumber. It is also illegal for an unlicensed person to work on a gas system, which can lead to your insurances being void. Also, it is important to note that, in the event of death or accident occurring from a gas incident, an unlicensed contractor could be held fully accountable.

Service Frequency:

Maintenance should be done every year or two, depending on your particular appliance.

Owner’s Manual:

You can find the recommended maintenance schedule and other safety information in your owner’s manual or online.

Regulatory Changes:

Apart from routine upkeep, it’s important you ensure your gas fittings are up-to-date with the latest Gas Regulations. This is not just for the government, but more importantly, it is for you and your families safety. Your gas fitter or plumber will know all of this information. But it is also important you know the basic information, especially if you maintain your system. So, you can read more about the new Queensland Gas Fittings Regulatory Standards here.

Warning Signs to watch out for:

Are you experiencing some of the following?

  • Colour of flame: if you notice red or yellow flames, it’s time to get your appliance and fittings serviced. Exceptions to this are gas fire places that are designed to have yellow flames.
  • Yellow or brown grime accumulating around your appliances and/or fittings. Soot build-up can lead to blockage and improper combustion.
  • Unpleasant smells. LPG and Natural gases are naturally odourless; gas is odourised for safety reasons, so if you can smell it, there’s probably a leak – turn your gas off immediately & call a professional.

These symptoms are a sign something more sinister is occuring. When you see these, it is time to call in a professional. They can then ensure your gas fittings and applicances are working as they should.

What needs to be checked?

Burner operation:

You need to regulalrly check and clean all of your burners. This ensures you avoid improper combustion, where possible, which causes significant damage. In addition, it maintains your burners to insure you avoid blockages and build up of residue.

Hoses and connections:

These have to be checked every couple of years and replaced if damaged or faulty.


Gas lines and pipes must be checked for damage, blockage, and corrosion. In addition, old galvanised pipes and fittings need to be replaced with new copper piping.

Gas hot water systems:

There are so many aspects to gas hot water systmes – many of these require a lot of knowledge and experience. So, some fo these include:

  • Replacement of sacrificial anodes
  • Testing temperature and
  • Pressure relief valve testing

Have you ever heard of these terms? Don’t know where to start? That is why us plumbers are here to help! This is why RTL has specialist plumbers who service all things gas!


When you smell gas it is extremely important that you follow gas safety precautions.

Once it is safe to do so, turn off the gas at the source! In addition, if the leak is indoors, open all doors and windows to ventilate the area.

Extinguish all flames! Also, do not smoke nor strike matches in the area, and do not operate electrical switches or devices.

Keep people away from the affected area. Once you are all a safe distance away, call your supplier or a professional for help.


Is it time to get your appliances serviced? Has it been a while since you had your gas fittings checked by a professional? Or do you want to ensure your fittings are up to the new regulatory standards? RTL Plumbing can help you. We offer a range of gas installations services and are happy to assist you in making your home safer.

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