Gas Leak Dangers
Natural gas is a fantastic fuel option for your home's heating systems. Ducted gas heating, gas log fires and gas wall furnaces are all highly regarded heaters in Australia.
However, while gas has many great benefits, it can be dangerous if not managed carefully. Natural gas is flammable and your prized possessions or home could be a fire risk. Too often we hear news stories where families lose everything.
Meanwhile, lengthy exposure to leaking natural gas can lead to serious health complications. Your family and friends - including yourself - could be susceptible to unexplained sickness, breathing difficulties and loss of consciousness. In extreme cases, death can occur.
The best thing you can do is contact Jim's Air Conditioning. We have a team of fully qualified and licensed gas fitters across Australia. Our 24/7 availability also allows for fast and reliable response times within one hour of your call.* Gas leak emergencies will be addressed promptly and thoroughly.
If you smell gas or suspect a leak in your home contact Jim's Air Conditioning today. We're your local gas repair specialists.
Gas Leak Detection
Jim's Air Conditioning has the necessary qualifications and licensing to perform gas repairs. If you do smell gas, never attempt to repair the issue yourself. This could lead to more trouble in the future.
A standard investigation includes an assessment of gas fittings, pipelines and the gas meter. Our staff use a manometer to detect pressure changes within the home. Pipe joints and fittings will be assessed to ensure they are hermetically sealed (air tight). We may also perform a negative pressure to search for and locate the leak.
Once a natural gas leak has been detected, your technician will isolate gas appliances and perform necessary repairs. A thorough final assessment once all work has been completed will provide long term peace of mind.
Signs of a Gas Leak
Natural gas is an odourless substance, but you don't have to worry. The gas in your home has been combined with a strong chemical odorant called mercaptan that smells like rotten eggs.
Mercaptan provides an early warning system that triggers your senses. In addition to an unpleasant smell, there are other factors indicating a gas leak in your home, including:
- Significantly higher gas bills than your average
- High pitched whistling or hissing noises coming from gas appliances
- The gas pilot light/pilot lights keep extinguishing, flickering or changing colour
- Gas appliances are not working
- You or someone in your house feels unwell without explanation (nausea, dizziness, breathing difficulties, etc)
- There are dead patches of grass, or dead plants, near the gas meter and other gas pipelines
Gas Leak Emergency Service
Here at Jim's Air Conditioning, the safety of our customers is our number one priority. We understand that if you are worried about a potential gas leak, you want immediate help.
That's why our vans are stocked with all necessary gas leak detection equipment. Our licensed technicians use the latest manometer technology, plus tried-and-tested methods including leak detection spray.
Our team is also ready to provide same day repairs and replacement. We will take care of gas line replacement, plus the installation of any new valves, caps, bayonet fittings or LPG regulators.
We're also proud to offer the same great fixed prices 24/7. That means you won't have to pay more for an emergency weekend callout. Instead, you can rest assured that Jim's Air Conditioning is ready to jump into action for local gas leaks.
Your property is in safe hands when you phone a licensed Jim's Air Conditioning gas fitter.
I Have a Gas Leak. What Should I Do?
If you smell gas on your property, contact a licensed gas fitter immediately. If you believe the leak is located in public property, call 1800 GAS LEAK (1800 427 532). While you wait for Jim's Air Conditioning to arrive, there are essential steps you should take.
First things first, turn your gas off at the meter. To do this, find the gas handle and turn it so that it sits at a right angle to the pipe. The handle should be easy to spot, as they are always found with the gas meter and are usually bright yellow.
Next, it's best to do the following:
- Ventilate your home as much as possible by opening up all doors and windows
- Refrain from using any electrical appliances in your home, including light switches
- Do not use fan appliances to help with ventilating the area
- Never use an open flame of any kind
- Do not turn a torch on or use a telephone near where you suspect the leak
- Remove yourself from the danger and go outside to a well-ventilated area
Once safely outside, wait for Jim's Air Conditioning. Seek out the services of a doctor if you feel unwell. Call an ambulance if anyone has fainted or is having trouble breathing.
Gas Leak Repair Cost
At Jim's Air Conditioning, we know gas leaks just can't be slept on until your budget has room for repair service. Emergency situations like this need immediate attention, but these unexpected service fees can sometimes put a big strain on your wallet.
Thankfully, Jim's Air Conditioning has the solution for you! We offer a range of interest free payment plans** so that you never have to put your own safety on the back burner.
These plans are designed to suit your needs with weekly or fortnightly instalments. No upfront payment is required. Your gas fitting expert can set you up on site and have you approved within minutes.
Don't add money stress to your worries when your safety is at risk! Call Jim's Air Conditioning 24/7 for any gas leak concerns.