Natural gas is a low-cost, low-carbon and convenient way to heat and power your home.
That’s why gas is the preferred major energy source for up to 70% of Aussie homes.
Cheaper than electricity (and more environmentally friendly), gas accessibility and services must be installed by a professional gas fitter can ensure your home or business is safe and secure. Whether you’re installing new gas appliances, upgrading your Sunshine Coast power to gas, or scheduling regular maintenance to test the safety of your gas fittings, the peace of mind that comes with an expert gas fitter is priceless.
But that doesn’t mean you should pay a premium for it.
To help you stay on top of your household budget, we’re spilling our industry secrets and letting you in on the prices that gasfitters charge plus tips to stay in control of your finances.
Is hiring a gas fitter worth it?
A Queensland gas fitter is licensed and trained to repair, service and replace natural gas appliances. If your home uses gas for heating or cooking, you’ll want to use the services of a professional gas fitter to make sure you’re comfortable and safe.
Tackling your own gas line is not a project for a spare weekend. As there are many uses for residential and commercial gas – and many ways gas can cause harm – it’s crucial you hire a professional gas fitter.
What jobs can a Sunshine Coast gas fitter do?
Like most trades, the term ‘gasfitter’ is an umbrella description that includes a range of specialties in residential and commercial settings. Gasfitters typically provide a host of services that may include:
- Installing gas appliances
- Servicing gas appliances
- Testing pipes prior to installation
- Installing burners, gas metres and valves
- Installing connections to gas heaters
- Repairing gas appliances
What factors affect the cost of hiring a Sunshine Coast gas fitter?
There are several factors that influence the cost of hiring a local gas fitter. Knowing what these are can help you avoid overpaying and make an informed decision.Let’s dive a little deeper into these variables.
#1 – Type of gas
Does your home use natural or LPG gas? Typically, a natural gas connection is cheaper than LPG (liquid petroleum gas). This is because natural gas doesn’t require an onsite tank as it is connected to the local supply line. However, if natural gas services are not available in your area you will need to have an LPG tank or bottle installed which will cost more.
#2 – The number of appliances
The cost of hiring a gasfitter will also be impacted by the number of gas appliances you want to install. One gas oven will cost less than adding multiple appliances or converting your entire home to gas power. It’s also worth noting that you may pay less if your home previously had a gas line, which will make installation easier and bring your costs down.
#3 – House size
The bigger your house, the higher your gasfitting price (in most cases). For example, a one-bedroom apartment will be easier to install gas appliances than a multi-story home requiring hot water heaters installed in upstairs bathrooms. Put simply, the bigger the home, the more pipework involved.
#4 – Pipework materials
Fittings mean time, labour and money to install. The pipework used in your project will impact your quote. For example, are you installing a gas metre? Are your gas fittings made from copper or brass? How many branch lines need to be installed on individual appliances? Answering these questions will help you get on top of your expected costs.
How much does a gasfitter cost?
Generally, gasfitters charge between $60 and $90 per hour for labour. They may also charge a call-out fee of $75 to $100. This price will typically secure you a two-man team to help service, install or repair your gas line. As a ballpark figure, the average cost of installation for gas falls between $1,200 and $5,000.
Although the variables above will impact your final quote, the table below outlines a few average prices for common gasfitting problems.
|Gasfitting Service||Average Cost|
|Install gas cooktop||$290|
|Install gas oven||$390|
|Install gas hot water system||$1,650|
|Install continuous gas hot water system||$1,850|
Keep in mind, these are averages only. For accurate pricing or a 100% obligation-free quote, reach out and speak to a member of our team at (07) 5475 4152.
Average prices for common gasfitting services
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – there is a range of variables that will affect your final quote. However, it helps to know a few ballpark figures, so here are some general costs for the most common Sunshine Coast gasfitting services.
Gas Line Installation: A professional gas fitter can install gas plumbing lines, and a gas metre, and connect your property to the gas service line. This costs between $1,200 (simple job) and $5,000 (complex job).
Gas Hot Water System: Gas hot water systems use either natural gas or LPG systems and can be installed via a tank or more energy-efficient continuous hot water systems. These cost between $750 to $5,000 and up.
Gas heating: Over 90% of the energy used by gas heaters is converted to heat, making them significantly more efficient than electrical heaters. Gas heater installation can range from $3,000 to $10,000 and up depending on the brand and size of your heating system.
Gas oven: Gas ovens are often the preferred choice for QLD families with the average price of a gas cooktop installation landing around $250 to $300. This price will increase for a combo cooktop unit and oven.
What questions should I ask a gasfitter?
It’s tempting to book the cheapest gasfitter you find on Google or in the Yellow Pages… but price alone doesn’t tell the whole story. In fact, hiring the cheapest gasfitter can lead to even more costs down the line if you’re repairing their shoddy workmanship.
To find a gasfitter who ticks your boxes, ask the following questions…
- “Are you fully qualified, licensed and accredit?”
- “Do you currently hold valid insurance?”
- “Can you provide a written quote?”
- “How long do you estimate my job will take?”
- “Do you have any references I can contact?”
As a rule of thumb, we recommend contacting between 3 and 5 local gasfitters and requesting written quotes. Getting your quote in writing can help you avoid “surprise” fees and charges that many unlicensed yahoos will spring on you.
Put the team at DYFA Plumbing to the test today!!!
At DYFA Plumbing, we’re committed to delivering a premium service without the premium price. When you trust your gasfitting needs to our licensed and experienced team, you won’t have to worry about experience or ability.
Our team is built to help run point on all of the water and gas fitting needs for a new home on the Sunshine Coast. We never outsource our work and provide only experienced, insured, and trusted police-cleared personnel for every job.
If you’re looking to harness the low-cost and energy-efficient advantages that come with natural or LPG gas on the Sunshine Coast or East Queensland, put us to the test by requesting a 100% obligation-free quote today on (07) 5475 4152 or request a quote online.