Many Australian households are now shifting to more energy-efficient sources to power their appliances. One of the best options is switching from electric to gas. However, the shift is not as easy as you think. Not all appliances can be converted, so, make sure to ask your trusted gas provider about converting your appliances to ensure safety.
DOs and DON’Ts When Shifting from Electric to Gas
If you opt to switch from the use of electricity to LPG, there are some things that you need to consider.
1. DON’T simply plug your appliance into the gas pipes
Generally, an appliance designed with electrical components cannot be converted for gas use. Although some technological innovations can allow the conversion of electric appliances to gas, it can be a dangerous idea.
If your electric stove can be converted to gas, make sure NOT to simply plug it into the gas pipes without the necessary modifications. Remember to check if the appliance can be converted from electric to gas-powered.
2. DO seek the help of licensed gas fitters
The safest way to make the parts of your appliances compatible with gas fittings is to ask the professionals to check and evaluate their suitability. In some cases, you may need to call an electrician for the conversion of your appliances.
Keep in mind that both electricity and gas can be hazardous if not handled properly. It is important to trust the expertise of licensed fitters or electricians.
3. DO use the conversion kits
Most convertible electric stoves and appliances come with conversion kits. Let’s say, you are converting your electric stove, check the manual for instructions on using the conversion kits. These are specifically designed for their advantage.
In case your appliance does not come with a conversion kit, ask an electrician if it can be converted. If a conversion is possible, you may purchase the kit from reputable appliance or repair shops. You may also ask a gas fitter to supply the conversion kit.
4. DON’T make changes hastily
Always remember that haste makes waste – or in this case, it may result in unwanted accidents, so remember to first shut off your power supply before disconnecting your appliance. And make sure that your appliance is not connected to the electricity when making changes, alterations or replacements.
5. DO ask your gas provider
When dealing with dangerous components such as electricity and gas, it may be best to trust professionals. They underwent extensive training backed by years of experience dealing with gas or electricity.
Never attempt to make the conversions if you are unsure of what to do. Ask a gas provider or an electrician to make alterations to the parts of the appliances.
6. DON’T insist on an impossible conversion
If it is not proper to convert the appliance from electric to gas, NEVER insist on it. Some appliances are not just built for conversion and some just can’t be modified. Insisting on switching from electricity to gas may cause irreparable damage to the appliance, or worst may cause harm to persons or your home.
7. DO prepare a fire extinguisher and first aid kit
Another thing that you should prepare before the conversion procedure is a fire extinguisher. Dealing with electricity and gas can be dangerous, so it helps to be prepared in case fire breaks. You should also have a first aid kit ready to ensure immediate medical attention in case of an accident.
ALWAYS remember that both gas and electricity are hazardous not just to properties but to persons as well. Ask for help from gas experts or electricians to ensure your household’s safety. And never attempt to experiment with conversions or modifications if you are unsure of it.
Now, that you know what and what not to avoid, let’s briefly discuss why many households and even hospitality businesses make the switch to gas.
Why should you switch from electric to gas?
Gas offers many benefits as compared to the use of electricity. One of the many advantages of LPG is portability as it can be bought in bottles of 45 Kg each. If you need to use gas for outdoor barbeque grills, gas can be a better choice.
The use of LPG is also more cost and energy-efficient than electricity. You can save up to about $25 per billing cycle of electricity when you opt for gas-enabled appliances. And you are sure to have your stove or water heating system working even if there is a power interruption.
Switching from electricity to gas provides many advantages but you have to make sure that your appliances are ready for conversion or can at least be modified for gas fueling. Always read the warning labels on your appliances and instruction manuals. And remember that some appliances are not suitable for conversion.
Contact PlusGas to learn more about switching to LPG!