FAQs - Gas safety checklistBelow are FAQs to assist gasfitters understand the requirements of the gas safety checklist. These FAQs will be updated regularly with questions raised by gasfitters. If you have a question to add to this list, email it to our Gas Technical Helpline email@example.com.
You must be a licensed gasfitter that is endorsed to service Type A gas appliances or a registered gasfitter working under the supervision of a licensed gasfitter that is endorsed to service Type A gas appliances.
Yes. The checklist can be used for both purposes.
Rental providers must keep a record of a gas safety check.
Keeping a checklist completed by the gasfitter is one way rental providers can comply with their obligations. It is also recommended the gasfitter maintain a copy for their records.
If I have had a gas appliance serviced before the new regulations were enforced. Does it need to be serviced again during the first gas safety check?
Yes. All appliances must be serviced during a gas safety check.
Gas safety checks must be completed every two years.
Yes. For single residential dwellings and for residential apartment buildings where the gas supply can be isolated to each individual apartment.
For residential apartment buildings where the gas supply cannot be isolated to each individual apartment then gas leakage should be checked from the gas isolation valve for each gas appliance.
Do I have to check for spillage of combustion products from gas appliances during a gas safety check?
Yes. Open flued gas space heaters and indoor open flued water heaters should be tested for spillage of combustion products due with all extraction systems including bathroom exhaust fans and kitchen rangehoods operating in the house.
Room sealed appliances and ducted heaters should also be tested for spillage of combustion products due to cracks in heat exchangers.
Do cookers have to be disconnected if the clearance to rangehoods is not in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions or AS/NZS5601.1?
If there are signs of overheating or scorching of the overhead surfaces or if the potential for flaring to ignite grease filters exists then the installation is considered immediately dangerous and needs to be disconnected.
AS/NZS5601.1 requires that the overhead clearance to any surface shall not be less than 450mm so any lesser clearance should also be considered immediately dangerous.
Where the clearance is greater than 450mm and where there is no sign of overheating of surfaces including rangehood grease filters then the installation is not considered immediately dangerous but is non-compliant.
The non-compliance should be recorded and the rental provider should be advised with a recommendation to address the non-compliance.
Can the requirements of the current edition of AS/NZS5601.1 be applied retrospectively during a gas safety check?
The only requirements of the Standard that are applicable are those that are published at the time of installation