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Repair or replace? Gas Stove Repair Tips

Repair or replace? Gas Stove Repair Tips

Any gas cooker has the potential to develop a leak or some other flaw. A key consideration for homeowners is weighing up the cost of repairing a cooker against the cost of purchasing a new replacement, that’s less likely to go wrong. Here we take a look at five factors to think about when making this decision.

1. How old is your cooker?

Inevitably, the chances of a cooker going wrong increases with age. Unfortunately, if an older stove goes wrong, it could be the beginning of the end. Particularly if this is the most recent in a number of repairs, replacement is probably on the cards.

2. Is your current stove a good-quality installation?

With stoves, like most other things, you get what you pay for. If your current stove is from a reputable manufacturer and has been well installed, you will probably still get some life from it after the repair has been completed. It also makes sense to repair a premium stove, as the repair cost will still be significantly less than purchasing a replacement.

3. Are spares still available?

Some manufacturers stop making spares a couple of decades after they stop producing a particular stove model. This may mean that the parts simply aren’t made any more for an older cooker. In the short-term, this can be addressed through tracking down used parts. In the longer-term, in a few years it may become impossible to source parts, and a replacement will be needed.

4. What does your gas engineer think?

Gas engineers have an excellent understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the various stoves on the market. They are ideally placed to give a professional opinion regarding the merits of replacement versus repair.

5. Performance and efficiency

Older stoves are almost invariably more expensive to run than a newer model. Over a few years, a new stove can often almost pay for itself through a reduction in the energy costs required to run it.

Want more information about stove repair v replacement? Call Pinnacle Plumbing for more details.

Is there a gas leak if my pilot light goes out

Is There a Gas Leak if my Pilot Light Goes Out?

A common sight on boilers across the country, a pilot light provides a permanent ignition system for the gas supplying the heat for your home or business needs. In most appliances, the pilot light remains lit 24/7. For various reasons, however, it may be extinguished. From an inefficient flame through to a faulty or dirty thermo-couple, there are several possible reasons a pilot light might fail.

When the pilot light is out, does this mean that the gas which usually powers it is escaping into the atmosphere? Although this is an area of concern for many people, the reality is that boilers are built so that the gas supply to the pilot light is shut off if the flame goes out. Whilst the cause of pilot light failure needs to be investigated, extinguished pilot lights aren’t going to cause a gas leak.

How is the gas shut off when a pilot light fails?

The gas supply is controlled through a thermo-couple, this is an electronically powered valve that’s activated by the gas flame from the pilot light. When the pilot light is lit, the heat generated creates an electrical current in the thermocouple. This provides the power needed to keep the gas supply valve open. When the pilot light fails, the source of heat is removed. This causes the valve to shut, cutting off the gas supply automatically. The use of the thermocouple provides a valuable safety feature on modern boilers, meaning there’s no immediate cause for concern should the pilot light go out.

What should I do if the pilot light goes out?

In the absence of any other boiler symptoms, we recommend attempting to relight the pilot light a couple of times. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how to do this. Always make sure that the gas valve is switched off and that you have allowed a few minutes for any gas present to dissipate before attempting to relight the pilot light.

Pinnacle Plumbing offers a complete solution to your plumbing needs: fast, affordable and competent, we are able to fix pilot lights, as well as a large number of other boiler issues. Call us to book an engineer.

Thinking of installing a new barbecue? It’s the perfect addition to the home for anyone looking to entertain. Whether it’s for Christmas barbecues, Saturday burger and beers, or just for dinner every once in a while - you can’t go wrong with adding a barbecue to your home. In Australia, an estimated two-thirds of all households have a grill parked out on the patio or in the garage. Most of these grills use gas to power them up, supplied by its own propane LPG gas tank, allowing homeowners to move the grill around and be an independent mini kitchen. However, in recent years, some people have been connecting their outdoor barbecue grills straight into the natural gas line of their home. On the surface, this seems like a good idea. You will not ever have to worry about your propane tank going empty mid-grill, especially in the middle of a big pool party. No need to carry that bulky LPG tank anymore just to get it refilled or replaced and of course, natural gas is more eco-friendly and a lot cheaper than propane. But dig a little deeper, and you'll soon see that connecting your barbecue to your main gas line may not be the best of ideas. Here are six reasons why you should stick to propane and ditch the gas line. 1. You Might Have the Wrong Grill If you want to tap your natural gas line, make sure you have the right grill. You would need a natural gas-powered grill which is different from a propane grill. And if you don’t, you will have to purchase a new gas grill, which is much more expensive (or you can purchase a conversion kit for your propane grill). 2. Complicated Conversions Propane grills can convert to a gas grill, but you'll have to purchase a gas conversion kit that matches the manufacturer. You will also have to make sure you convert the unit correctly, using the proper valves, connector pipes etc. Making a mistake here can lead to disastrous accidents. It’s recommended that you contact a professional gas line installer for these conversions. 3. Permanently Fixed Grill Once you connect your barbecue grill to a natural gas line, it will be permanently stuck in the same position forever. You will no longer be able to move it, unlike a propane grill with its own LPG tank. This lack of mobility might cause a problem if you have a big backyard or want to serve up your freshly grilled burgers and steak poolside, for example. 4. Dedicated Gas Line Installation Connecting your barbecue to your gas line is not as simple as installing an extra gas pipe from your main directly to the grill. Most domestic gas systems can only handle the gas load computed at the time your home was still under construction. Anything extra, like an outdoor grill, cannot be accommodated and you will have to install a new and dedicated gas line directly to your grill. 5. Extra Expense Deciding to convert your barbecue grill to a gas-powered can get very expensive. You will have to purchase a new grill or convert it from propane to gas. Natural gas grills are more expensive than LPG grills, and even if the cost of conversion is less, you will still have to spend a fair amount for a set. Installing a dedicated gas line will set you back potentially a few thousand dollars as well. Gas fitting is a delicate process, and you will have to also take into account that you will need outdoor fixtures as well. There could also be extra insurance fees involved because your council or homeowner's association might require you to take a policy out or your current home insurance policies might not cover gas grill damages. 6. Potential Red Tape Since gas-powered grills can be extremely dangerous, your local city council or neighbourhood/homeowner's association might require you to get extra fire permits and even insurance policies to cover your grill. Ready to Convert? Converting your barbecue from LPG to natural gas is a complicated process, and there are many opportunities it can go wrong if not done correctly. We recommend sticking with your LPG supply since it is a more convenient and safer option all around. However, if a gas barbecue grill is something you've decided you want for your home, consult with professional plumbers who are certified for gas work. Our team of licensed plumbing experts can help you with the entire process from start to finish, from surveying, helping with the permits and other paperwork as well as the actual set up and installation.

6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Connect Your Barbecue to Your Gas Line

Thinking of installing a new barbecue?

It’s the perfect addition to the home for anyone looking to entertain. Whether it’s for Christmas barbecues, Saturday burger and beers, or just for dinner every once in a while – you can’t go wrong with adding a barbecue to your home.

In Australia, an estimated two-thirds of all households have a grill parked out on the patio or in the garage.

Most of these grills use gas to power them up, supplied by its own propane LPG gas tank, allowing homeowners to move the grill around and be an independent mini kitchen.

However, in recent years, some people have been connecting their outdoor barbecue grills straight into the natural gas line of their home.

On the surface, this seems like a good idea.

You will not ever have to worry about your propane tank going empty mid-grill, especially in the middle of a big pool party.

No need to carry that bulky LPG tank anymore just to get it refilled or replaced and of course, natural gas is more eco-friendly and a lot cheaper than propane.

But dig a little deeper, and you’ll soon see that connecting your barbecue to your main gas line may not be the best of ideas.

Here are six reasons why you should stick to propane and ditch the gas line.

1. You Might Have the Wrong Grill

If you want to tap your natural gas line, make sure you have the right grill.

You would need a natural gas-powered grill which is different from a propane grill. And if you don’t, you will have to purchase a new gas grill, which is much more expensive (or you can purchase a conversion kit for your propane grill).

2. Complicated Conversions

Propane grills can convert to a gas grill, but you’ll have to purchase a gas conversion kit that matches the manufacturer.

You will also have to make sure you convert the unit correctly, using the proper valves, connector pipes etc. Making a mistake here can lead to disastrous accidents. It’s recommended that you contact a professional gas line installer for these conversions.

3. Permanently Fixed Grill

Once you connect your barbecue grill to a natural gas line, it will be permanently stuck in the same position forever.

You will no longer be able to move it, unlike a propane grill with its own LPG tank. This lack of mobility might cause a problem if you have a big backyard or want to serve up your freshly grilled burgers and steak poolside, for example.

4. Dedicated Gas Line Installation

Connecting your barbecue to your gas line is not as simple as installing an extra gas pipe from your main directly to the grill. Most domestic gas systems can only handle the gas load computed at the time your home was still under construction. Anything extra, like an outdoor grill, cannot be accommodated and you will have to install a new and dedicated gas line directly to your grill.

5. Extra Expense

Deciding to convert your barbecue grill to a gas-powered can get very expensive. You will have to purchase a new grill or convert it from propane to gas. Natural gas grills are more expensive than LPG grills, and even if the cost of conversion is less, you will still have to spend a fair amount for a set.

Installing a dedicated gas line will set you back potentially a few thousand dollars as well. Gas fitting is a delicate process, and you will have to also take into account that you will need outdoor fixtures as well.

There could also be extra insurance fees involved because your council or homeowner’s association might require you to take a policy out or your current home insurance policies might not cover gas grill damages.

6. Potential Red Tape

Since gas-powered grills can be extremely dangerous, your local city council or neighbourhood/homeowner’s association might require you to get extra fire permits and even insurance policies to cover your grill.

Ready to Convert?

Converting your barbecue from LPG to natural gas is a complicated process, and there are many opportunities it can go wrong if not done correctly.

We recommend sticking with your LPG supply since it is a more convenient and safer option all around.

However, if a gas barbecue grill is something you’ve decided you want for your home, consult with professional plumbers who are certified for gas work.

Our team of licensed plumbing experts can help you with the entire process from start to finish, from surveying, helping with the permits and other paperwork as well as the actual set up and installation.

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