There’s a lot to think about as a property owner or premises manager, but few things as more important than your gas infrastructure – for obvious reasons. Because of the importance of gas safety, Australian jurisdictions divide the gas appliances we use at home, at work and in industrial settings as either a Type A or Type B gas appliance.
Examples of Type A gas appliances
It shouldn’t be too hard to remember the difference between these two fundamental gas appliance types, because a Type A gas appliance is basically every gas-related installation that you’ll find at home, such as:
- Cooktops and gas ovens
- Space/central heaters
- Gas hot water systems
- Gas fridges
- BBQ with gas bayonets and cylinder
- Pizza oven
- Catering equipment
- Leisure appliances
- Most other domestic and light commercial-type appliances
- Gas appliances featuring an Australian Gas Association approval badge.
More specifically, each Australian state and territory sets out the definition of Type A gas appliances for gas compliance purposes – with installations in the Type B appliance category not included in this scheme. One of the main differences between the two types of gas appliances is that an ordinary gas work license only covers professionals who will work on a ‘normal’, mass-produced Type A gas appliance. For the rest, a Type B gas fitter – who undergoes different training and holds different credentials – will be necessary.
What’s up with Type B gas appliances?
In most Australian jurisdictions, the Type B gas appliance is basically anything with a gas consumption rate that exceeds 10MJ/h – all the way up to a whopping 5000MJ/hour. In most cases, these are the only gas installations that do not carry the Australian Gas Association approval badge – because the certification they need must be specially obtained prior to installation.
If you’re simply a homeowner with a range of the sort of Type A gas appliances as outlined in the bullet list above, you don’t need to worry about Type B gas appliances at all. Why not? Because you’ll basically only ever find them in heavy commercial or industrial settings and properties. The most typical Type B gas appliances include installations for heavier commercial or industrial operations, such as:
- Industrial bake ovens
- Dry-out burners
- Gas-fired turbines
- Hot-water boilers
- Process kilns
- Engine-powered appliances used in power generation
- Mobile engines.
So while Type A gas appliances are ready ‘off the shelf’ for your Type A gasfitter to install and certify, you’ll need a specially-trained Type B gas fitter to get the approval and certification for industrial installations. If not, that Type B appliance may not be permanently connected to the gas supply.
Need a local Type A or Type B gas fitter?
Do you need a Type A or Type B gasfitter? Whilst absolutely critical for safety reasons, gas compliance can be a tricky area to navigate for the average person – but here at Gold Coast Plumbing Experts, we’re happy to help! No matter how you’re intending to work with gas at home or at work, our highly professional and fully-trained and certified Gold Coast gas fitters can help you with:
- Appliance installations
- Pipe installations/extensions
- Repairs & servicing
- Gas safety checks & much more.
Don’t get confused about Type A and Type B gas appliances and instead hook up with your most trusted local Gold Coast plumbing & gasfitting specialists here at Gold Coast Plumbing Experts. Give the friendly team a shout today!