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Simple tips for safe and functional gas appliances

When was the last time you checked your gas appliances? Using gas in your home is a clean and safe energy option. Most of us use gas for cooking, heating water in showers, dishwashers and washing machines and keeping us warm in winter or cool in summer through our air-conditioners. 

Given its natural flammability, it should always be treated seriously, so check out our tips for maintaining your gas appliances for a safe and efficient household. 

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It’s important to maintain gas appliances in your home, not only for your own safety but also for appliance longevity and to ensure they are running as efficiently as possible, so you can save on gas bills.

Generally speaking, gas appliances use less energy than electrical appliances and have a longer lifespan, so if you’re after an energy efficient home and aiming to keep costs down on usage and maintenance, gas is an ideal energy source.

Gas appliances should only ever be serviced and repaired or replaced by a qualified gasfitter.

While older appliances often need  regular checks, all maintenance should  follow the manufacturer’s guidelines by a licensed professional. Be sure to also keep a record of previous services. Remember, if you smell gas around your gas appliances it may be hazardous. So ensure you follow our safety procedures.

Inspections help maintain and keep everyone safe

If you are already having trouble with a gas appliance, most licenced gasfitters will offer a free health check as part of a quote for the repairs required.

Ideally arranging for a service of your appliance on an annual or every two years will avoid any costly repairs in the longer term.

A regular service, will also help uncover any issues or a ways to improve efficiency, so it’s worth getting your appliances checked according to the recommended inspection dates per appliance.

In and around your home – cook tops, ovens and water heaters 

It’s easy to become complacent when using gas at home. Many stoves, water heaters and ovens will self-ignite with a switch, or with a hand-held igniter, and operate smoothly.

But like any appliance, regular and ongoing usage of gas appliances can contribute to breakages, inefficiencies and sometimes potential hazards.

In the kitchen if the gas cook top flame is yellow or orange instead of blue, you might have an irregular gas flow, meaning could mean a leak or blockage.

Additionally, if your gas oven or appliances aren’t lighting properly it’s possibly because there is a leak. Keep an eye on the quality and age of your appliances and if you notice rusting, cracking, calcifying or faults, arrange for a licenced gasfitter to inspect it.

If your hot water takes a while to heat up, or stops heating water altogether, it’s time for a health check of your hot water system.

On average, it’s best to arrange for a hot water system health check every 10 years. It’s an investment that could help you save on gas and water bills in the long run.

And remember, if you ever pick up a funky smell around your home gas appliances and think it could be a gas leak – there are some important steps you should follow.

Gas heaters 

If you use a gas heater in your home, ensure it’s been certified by the Australian Gas Association and displays plates indicating it meets current emissions standards.

All types of gas heaters should be serviced a minimum of every two years by a licenced gasfitter, who can also test for any carbon monoxide spillage.

Gas appliances outside your home – your gas meter and gas cylinders

Natural gas meter

If you use natural gas, it’s important to know where your natural gas meter is located at your house, in case you ever need to access it.

For most properties, your gas meter will be located in a metal box at the front or side of the house. If you are spending several days away from home, it’s a good idea to turn off your gas at your natural gas meter or gas cylinders as part of a basic safety routine.

Gas cylinders

For households in areas serviced by gas cylinders, daily activities depends on a constant and reliable gas flow of washing, cooking, cleaning, heating.

Cylinders must be inspected and tested by a suitably qualified person every 15 years, as out of date cylinders cannot legally be filled. Look for the test date stamp on your cylinders to check the last time it was inspected.  

While most households make use of two 45kg gas cylinders, don’t fall into the habit of relying on one cylinder when the other runs empty. These handy tips will help you understand how to check your home’s gas cylinder levels and ensure your installation is safe and secure.


If you use Kwik-Gas cylinders for your barbecue or outdoor heater, or rely on gas (LPG cylinder or natural gas) for you household energy, there’s a few things you need to be aware of so you can guarantee a constant, reliable gas flow and the safe use of your gas cylinders and appliances. 

A quick check of your home’s barbecue cylinder will help ensure your safety when cooking in the backyard or on the road.

All Kleenheat Kwik-Gas cylinders are checked as part of the standard refilling process, so you can rest assured cylinders are in good condition for your next cook up.

Just remember to always perform a safety check of the nozzles, hoses and connection points when connecting your Kwik-Gas to your barbecue.

Did you know? In 2021, a new, safer, gas cylinder valve connection was introduced across Australia.

This new gas valve, referred to as LCC27, restricts gas flow until it is connected correctly to a gas appliance, such as a barbecue or outdoor gas heater.

The new connection also stops the flow of gas in the unlikely event of a fire. The new valve connection (LCC27), will replace the existing POL valve connection.

Watch our video to quickly learn more about the new valve connection and how this affects your outdoor gas appliances in the future.

Renovations and DIY

If you have tradespeople operating on your property or have DIY plans that might affect gas and water plumbing or electricity, you should also be aware of how this might affect your safety or may disrupt your (and your neighbours) usage for that period of time.

Remember to Dial Before You Dig.

Value that flows through your household and community

Everyone enjoys value for money. We focus on providing value for our customers and our local community. Our ongoing value is passed on to you through our partnerships with RACFlybuys and Seniors Card WA and sponsoring the local events you love.

Plus, our Community Grants program supports local groups and organisations doing great things in communities across the Northern Territory and regional Western Australia.

Choose homegrown, choose Kleenheat

Kleenheat knows the value of homegrown goodness – after all, we’ve been supporting the needs of local households and businesses for more than 60 years.

We believe there’s value in choosing local, so if you’re not a Kleenheat customer choose local today and let life flow.

Looking for big-value energy? Let’s talk business.

Kleenheat delivers safe and reliable natural gas, LPG and electricity to thousands of WA businesses across WA and the Northern Territory, tailoring energy solutions to suit specific needs and budgets. Find out how our business can work with your business.

8 Responses to “Simple tips for safe and functional gas appliances

  1. May 14, 2021 at 11:27 am
    mary said:

    Pls provide a list of choice gas
    professional providers & licence
    numbers for area code 6009

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      May 18, 2021 at 11:25 am
      Courtney said:

      Hi there Mary! thanks for reaching out! The best place to find a licensed gas fitter/plumber would be at :)

  2. May 14, 2021 at 2:18 pm
    Patrick Pilot said:

    I live Maida Vale WA and I have been using an unglued gas heater for a while. I would like to have it serviced. Could please recommend or give me the contact details of one or a few gas fitters.
    Thanks and Regards
    Patrick Pilot

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      May 18, 2021 at 11:23 am
      Courtney said:

      Hi Patrick, thanks for reaching out! Although we’re all about gas, when it comes to appliances, the manufacturer or a licensed gas fitter/plumber would be the best experts to chat with as we don’t service appliances. For more info on the regulations around appliances, head to :)

  3. May 15, 2021 at 8:05 am
    Connie Gumina said:

    There is a slight smell of gas outside, when the gas hot water is being used.
    Is this something to worry about?

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      May 18, 2021 at 11:24 am
      Courtney said:

      Hi there Connie – thanks for reaching out. It sounds like the normal slight smell of gas, but we like to be absolutely sure! Simply reach out at and we’ll be able help run through some checks with you.

  4. July 06, 2021 at 9:26 pm
    Anna said:

    Can I do a rough calculation of what it costs me to run my heater for an hour. Thank you.

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      July 07, 2021 at 10:23 am
      Courtney said:

      Hi Anna, thanks for reaching out! We’d love to help calculate this for you, we’ve sent you an email, but feel free to reach out at and we’d be happy to run through this with you.

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