Issue 28 – June 2011
Owners of household gas appliances are being urged to get them serviced before winter. That's the message from Gas New Zealand, which says an annual service will keep gas appliances operating efficiently and safely.
'The beauty of gas is that it's energy efficient, cleaner burning, cheaper than electricity in many cases, and it provides powerful heat and endless hot water,' says Gas New Zealand spokesperson, Ray Ferner. 'However, just like getting a warrant-of-fitness on your vehicle, it does pay to have gas appliances serviced once a year to ensure they continue to provide reliable and effective service. 'Preventative maintenance is definitely better – and cheaper – than cure.'
All gas appliances sold in New Zealand must meet very rigorous international safety Standards and only suitably qualified gasfitters can install and service them. Gas heater manufacturers in particular recommend an annual appliance service.
In support of this, Gas New Zealand has generated national media publicity urging appliance owners to contact an approved service agent, and the LPG Association itself will be following up with its nationwide LPG cabinet heater servicing campaign to reinforce the message.
Ferner says gas is becoming an increasingly popular energy source in New Zealand and the industry estimates that about half of all New Zealand households now have a gas appliance. 'It adds a touch of affordable luxury to a home, which is one of the reasons most new houses are now built with gas.'
Appliance owners should visit the website of the appliance manufacturer or see the yellow pages under 'gas installers'.
Summarised with permission from Gas New Zealand, May 2011, LPG and Gas Associations of New Zealand.
- NZS 5262:2003 Gas appliance safety. Note: NZS 5262:2003 is currently being revised – planned publication date is mid-2011.
- SNZ HB 5257.2:2004 Gas appliance safety – Audit workbook
- Appendix H to NZS 5261:2003 Gas installation – Guidelines for gas appliance commissioning (Appendix H). Note: Appendix H is free to download as a PDF.
- AS/NZS 60335.2.102:2004 Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Particular requirements for gas, oil and solid-fuel burning appliances with electrical connections
- Be safe when using portable gas appliances, June 2011
- Thefts prompt reminder about gas safety, June 2010
- Gas installation Standard appendices H and I now available as free downloads, May 2010
- Carrying licence cards mandatory for all plumbers, gasfitters, and drainlayers, April 2010
- New rules for plumbers, gasfitters, and drainlayers, March 2010