How can I tell if my gas appliances are safe?

Gas is the most commonly used fuel for home heating systems across the country and although in principle it is completely safe, lack of routine maintenance means too many people still needlessly die every year from preventable gas-related carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is a silent killer and failure to properly maintain gas appliances can put you and your family at risk, so it is essential that gas appliances are maintained in good condition and subjected to annual maintenance and safety checks by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.

If your boiler is more than ten years old or has been infrequently serviced in the past, you really should contact a Gas Safe Registered engineer to have your heating system and gas fired appliances inspected.

Even though you cannot see or smell carbon monoxide there are vital signs to look out for such as:

  • Sooting and staining on or around your gas boiler or appliance
  • Excessive condensation in the room where an appliance is installed
  • A lazy, yellow-orange gas flame instead of blue

More information on spotting the signs and what to do.

If you experience the smell of gas in your home, you should contact an emergency plumber right away. For residents based in Brisbane Northside, contact Bell Plumbing Maintenance. BPM has been established since 1972 and is renowned for providing high quality plumbing solutions across Brisbane. Please call (07) 3354 3300 for emergencies, or click here to contact Bell Plumbing.

Where can I find a reliable, reputable heating engineer / plumber?

To find a reputable, qualified heating engineer, we recommend looking at Australian Trusted Trader, which is a partnership with Australian businesses to streamline legitimate trade.

All the companies in the directory will be members of necessary trade associations which undergo inspection and assessment of their technical competence and commercial capability every few years.