Gas safety

If you use natural gas or LPG/bottled gas as a form of power or heating in your home or in any rental properties that you own, it is essential that you arrange regular gas safety inspections.

Don’t wait until you smell an unexpected or concerning gas smell. Don’t wait until you suspect there is a gas leak. And don’t wait until someone starts experiencing adverse health effects, such as wheezing or headaches.

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Ensuring the safe installation and operation of gas appliances, gas heating and gas hot water systems keeps everyone healthy and safe.

When used correctly, gas is safe to use in the home. But remember, it is highly flammable and can burn or explode if not safely used and stored.

How often do you need to have a gas safety inspection?

There are a few different guidelines we suggest you adhere to if you use gas to power or heat your home, hot water or appliances:

  • An overall annual inspection is a great rule of thumb if you have a few different gas appliances in your home.
  • Have all gas heaters, fireplaces and flues checked before the start of winter.
  • Have your gas hot water system checked at the start of winter – winter is a much hard season to be without hot water.
  • Schedule an overall gas safety check and inspection any time you move into a new home.
  • Any time you move into a different rental property, as the landlord for evidence of the most recent gas safety check.
  • If a landlord cannot produce paperwork or evidence of a recent gas safety inspection, you are entitled to ask them to schedule one. 
  • Always check the manufacturer’s information for their recommended guidelines around gas safety and inspections for the appliances in your home.
  • Book a gas safety inspection if you smell gas or experience any unexplained headaches or respiratory problems in a home where you operate gas appliances.
  • Get in touch with us and schedule a gas safety inspection if you suspect there are any issues whatsoever with any of your gas appliances or systems.

What types of gas systems and appliances need to be inspected?

There are a number of different ways we use gas in our homes in New Zealand. We rely on gas for our:

How extensive is a gas safety inspection?

When conducted by the certified gas fitters of Sumich Plumbing & Drainage, a gas safety inspection is a very thorough and comprehensive process.

There are at least 12 types of checks that we do – you can read more about what happens at a gas safety check here.

Who can conduct a gas safety inspection?

By law in New Zealand, only certified gas fitters can conduct gas safety checks. Only certified gas fitters in NZ can conduct the maintenance, repair, installation or modification of gas appliances. This includes connecting, fixing or unfixing any gas pipes, ventilation or flue pipes, commissioning gas appliances and ensuring their safe operation.

The team at Sumich are registered members of the New Zealand Plumbers, Drainlayers & Gasfitters Association. We are skilled and certified in gas fitting, working with gas appliances and conducting gas safety inspections. Our work is heavily regulated to make sure the work we do is safe and managed responsibly.

To book a gas safety check for your property, please get in touch with the experienced and certified gas fitters at Sumich Plumbing & Drainage.


There are a number of plumbing and drainage companies in Auckland, so why choose Sumich?

Founded by owner-operator Chris Sumich in 1991, Sumich Plumbing & Drainage has one of the most experienced teams operating in Auckland. Our team has a combined experience of over 100 years and we’ve seen a comprehensive range of scenarios and solutions over the years. Clients trust us to give honest, transparent advice and service.

As registered members of the New Zealand Plumbers, Drainlayers & Gasfitters Association, we are professional, licensed Auckland plumbers for all of your plumbing, drain laying, gas fitting and heating needs. Give us a call to see how we can help.


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