Why You Need a Gas Fitter and Other Gas Appliance FAQs

Using gas to heat your home, cook your food or warm your water is energy-efficient, cost-effective and safe – but only when properly installed and maintained. In fact, it is so important to get gas appliances installed safely that it is illegal to do this work if you are not a qualified professional.

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions the team at Jason Brown Plumbing & Gas hear from our customers about gas. And if you are looking for a gas fitter to install gas hobs, gas hot water systems, central heating or gas heaters in Wellington or Lower Hutt, give us a call.

I’m very handy! Why can’t I install gas appliances myself?

Fitting gas appliances is not an area for DIY – it’s important to get a certified gas fitter in to install and services anything from gas fires (more efficient alternative to a traditional log fire with ash floor protector) to gas hobs, gas heaters to gas hot water systems. Certified plumbers, drain layers and gas fitters like Jason Brown Plumbing have been specially trained to work with gas appliances. They know how to carry out installation properly, how to test newly installed appliances to ensure safety and how to service the appliances so they continue to run well.

What’s the risk?

The main risk with an untrained installation is a gas leak, which is very serious. This is why gas fitting is a regulated field – our gas fitters know the safely regulations like the back of our hand.

How do I know if a plumber or gas fitter is certified?

Any certified gas technician in NZ will be registered with the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board and have a certification card to prove it. You are welcome to ask to see the card. Always choose a reputable local company – if you’re in Wellington or Lower Hutt, the gas fitters at Jason Brown Plumbing & Gas are always certified.

How can I prove my gas appliances were installed properly?

After testing the appliance they have installed, our Wellington gas fitter will give you a gas certificate for that appliance. You may need to prove to an insurer or a home buyer that your house’s gas hobs, central heating or hot water system was correctly installed, so make sure you keep this certificate in a safe place.

Do gas appliances need servicing?

Yes, gas appliances in the home or workplace need regular servicing to ensure they are working properly and safely. Gas appliances have a very long life – regular upkeep is the best way to make sure they last as long as possible.

What are signs I need a service for my gas hobs, fire, heater or hot water system?

Here are signs you should call our gas fitters to take a look:
• your gas hobs, gas heater or gas central heating isn’t starting up like it used to
• the flames on your gas hobs or gas hot water system are yellow instead of blue
• you notice green stuff (oxidation) in your pipes
• you notice a spike in the power bill.

Give Jason Brown Plumbing & Gas a Call

We safely and properly install and service gas across Wellington and Lower Hutt – give us a call on 04 566 6367.