Carbon Monoxide Testing Melbourne

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Carbon monoxide is the silent killer that lurks within all homes that have gas appliances. The risks with Carbon monoxide are real and, unfortunately, have caused many deaths in homes across Victoria.
Completing a regular gas inspection and carbon monoxide test is paramount to ensure your and your family’s safety.

The team members within Melbourne Gas Group have been completing gas servicing and carbon monoxide testing for over 50 years, ensuring and creating safer living conditions for Victorians.

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Ensure your safety and well-being with carbon monoxide testing in Melbourne. Our certified technicians will make sure everything is safe and up to code.

Contact us today to book a test!

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What is Carbon Monoxide & Why does It Need Testing?

Carbon monoxide is the burnt emissions created by gas-burning appliances. All gas appliances will produce carbon monoxide, but should there be a fault with that appliance, the carbon monoxide levels can increase to a deadly amount. 

Things such as faulty components, insufficient air supply, environmental conditions, and poorly maintained gas appliances can increase the CO being produced. Gas appliances require complete and correct combustion to produce safe levels of CO.

Unfortunately, too many Victorian families have suffered heartache due to carbon monoxide leaks. 

Older appliances, such as open flue appliances, work on the correct mixture of air, gas and ventilation to produce acceptable levels of carbon monoxide. Should any of these factors be compromised, the appliance will not have complete combustion and can produce high levels of CO. This is how fellow Victorian Sonia Sofianopoulos, sadly lost her life in 2017. Link here 

The team at MGG has extensive training and experience in testing and checking for carbon monoxide. Our technicians know and understand what to look for and how to overcome the many factors that may cause CO to be present. 

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Is Carbon Monoxide Testing Only For Gas Heaters?

Commonly speaking, we hear about carbon monoxide leaks within faulty gas heaters. However, carbon monoxide is created from other sources. Fire appliances that burn wood, gas, coal or oil has the potential to leak carbon monoxide. Vehicle exhaust systems also produce carbon monoxide.  

Gas hot water units, gas cooking appliances, space heaters, and gas dryers can all produce high levels of carbon monoxide.

Gas Heater Types & Appliances That Need Regular Testing

  • Gas ducted heaters
  • Gas wall furnaces
  • Gas space heaters
  • Gas cooking appliances
  • Any gas-burning appliance should be tested for carbon monoxide regularly.
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How do you know if you have a carbon monoxide leak?

All though carbon monoxide is odourless, colourless, tasteless, and cannot be identified by the human senses, there are some vital signs that consumers can look out for to determine if they are exposed to carbon monoxide.

From a visual inspection, consumers should be looking out for the following around gas appliances.

  • Soot/dark marks around the appliance/surrounding walls/ceilings
  • Soot deposits/droppings around appliances
  • Orange flames
  • Poor flame quality/control

If you, or someone you know, continue to have the below symptoms, medical advice should be sought. Should the medical professional not be able to provide a definitive answer as to why these symptoms are present, it is encouraged to have a qualified gas service technician check the living conditions to ensure there is no carbon monoxide present.

Common symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure are:

  • Dull headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness

What our clients say

Do you need a licensed Gas fitter to perform carbon monoxide testing?

An issue with our gas industry is that some cleaning companies offer ductwork cleaning with a complementary carbon monoxide test. However, the majority of these companies are not qualified type A gas service technicians.

The carbon monoxide testing they carry out is not in line with the Australian gas servicing standard AS4575 and carries no legality or insurance to the occupants should something happen with that appliance and carbon monoxide.

These companies are providing false reassurance to unknown occupants and consumers.

In order for a gas inspection to be compliant, it must be carried out by a licensed type A gas service technician and carried out to the Australian standards AS4575 Appendix E

If you engage anybody to complete gas service work or carbon monoxide testing, always ask to see their VBA plumbing practitioner card, and look for the tick on “Gas Servicing- Type A”

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Frequently Asked Questions

You should never engage a carbon monoxide test on its own. A gas service is to be completed, and upon completion of the service, the company will complete the carbon monoxide test. Any companies that are offering a carbon monoxide test on its own, and not a service, are offering false security and are non-compliant with the Australian gas standards. There is no such thing as a carbon monoxide test on its own that complies with Australian gas standards.

Common symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure are:

  • Dull headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness

Having your appliance regularly serviced by a reputable gas service company is the best way to ensure your gas heaters safety.

Absolutely not. If you smell gas around any appliance, shut the gas down, ventilate the area and call a gas fitter immediately for a service and inspection.

No, Carbon monoxide is odourless, colourless, tasteless, and cannot be identified by the human senses

They are carried out by a qualified type A gas service technician in line with Australian standards- AS4575 Appendix E