Buying safe gas appliances
What to look for when buying a gas appliance
The right appliances
To protect your investment and safety, choose gas appliances that have been certified by the Australian Gas Association (AGA), SAI Global, IAPMO, Global-Mark, BSI. Previously, appliances may have been certified by Vipac.
Look for the certification label that indicates the appliance meets certain safety standards in its design and manufacture.
Appliance retailers are required to sell appliances that comply with the relevant safety standards, and have been labelled or badged to indicate acceptance under current standards.
Compliance marks may look like the following:
The right gas
Check the identification plate to find out if the appliance is suitable for the available gas. If in doubt, check with the appliance retailer, your gas supplier or your licensed gasfitter.
Natural Gas and LP Gas (LPG) are not the same, and operating an appliance on the wrong type of gas can be hazardous.
If you buy a second-hand appliance, always check the identification plate to ensure it is a certified natural gas or LP Gas appliance, and have it serviced by a licensed gasfitter when installed.
Never connect an LP Gas appliance to a natural gas supply unless it has been converted to run on natural gas – not all LP Gas appliances can be converted to run on natural gas. Conversion of gas appliances at your home from one gas to another must be done by a licensed gasfitter who is endorsed for gas conversion work.