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Reasons You Might Need to Upgrade Your Gas Meter

An upgraded gas meter is crucial for a consistent, safe gas supply to your residence or commercial space. Here are several compelling reasons to consider a meter upgrade:

Safety and Compliance

Gas meters require periodic replacement to guarantee ongoing safe operation and compliance with current safety standards. Old or malfunctioning meters can cause gas leaks or incorrect readings. Replacing them guarantees compliance with contemporary safety regulations.

Increased Gas Usage

If your gas usage has increased significantly, Your current meter may require an upgrade to handle increased gas demand. Upgrading to a larger capacity metre will ensure efficient gas delivery.

New Metering Technology

Utility providers are moving from older mechanical meters to cutting-edge digital smart meters. These provide more accurate tracking of gas and electricity meter usage data. Upgrading allows you to benefit from the features of new metering technology.

Regulatory Changes

Periodic updates to gas metering regulations may necessitate upgrading your meter to maintain compliance.

Should you detect problems such as damage, corrosion, leaks, or reading discrepancies with your gas meter, reach out to our team for advice and discussion on replacement procedures. Keeping current with meter replacements ensures a continuous, safe, and efficient gas supply.

How to Apply for a Gas Meter Upgrade

Upgrading your gas meter is a simple process handled by your local utility provider. Here are the key steps involved:

  1. Reach out to Erskine Park Plumbing at 1300 349 338 for an assessment of your gas meter upgrade requirements. We can assess if an upgrade is necessary and guide you through the application process.
  2. We will submit a new gas meter upgrade application to your gas distributor on your behalf, diligently including vital details like your name, your address, and the specific reason for upgrade.
  3. The distributor arranges an installation time with you, usually within 5 to 10 business days.
  4. On installation day, ensure there is unobstructed access to your current gas meter. Make sure all gas appliances are turned off.
  5. The installation technician will remove your old metre and install the new one. The gas supply is typically off for 30-60 minutes.
  6. Once complete, the technician will check all gas connections and relight your appliances as needed. Your new metre will then record gas usage.

Erskine Park Plumbing ensures a swift and smooth upgrade process for your gas meter. Contact us on 1300 349 338 to get started on upgrading your gas metre today.

The Gas Meter Upgrade Process Step-by-Step

  1. Get in touch with Erskine Park Plumbing at 1300 349 338 to discuss your gas meter upgrade. We will assess if an upgrade is necessary.
  2. We will submit a gas metre upgrade application to your distributor on your behalf. This includes details like your name, address, and reason for upgrade.
  3. The distributor will schedule a meter installation, typically 5-10 business days from the application date.
  4. Ensure clear access to your current meter and turn off all gas appliances on the installation date.

Upgrading your ageing or faulty gas metre through Erskine Park Plumbing ensures efficiency, safety and access to the latest metering technology. Call us on 1300 349 338 to get started.

Preparing Your Site for a Safe and Accessible Installation

Ensuring your site is properly prepared is crucial for a smooth and safe gas metre upgrade. Here are key steps to take:

Clear Access

Ensure the gas meter area is clear of obstructions such as debris, vehicles, or vegetation to enable straightforward access. The technician will need at least 1 metre of clear space around your property in each direction.

Accessible Pathways

Ensure the pathway to the meter is accessible, and that any gates are unlocked on the day of installation.

Appliances Off

All gas appliances like heaters, stoves etc. must be switched off ahead of time for safety reasons.

Special Circumstances

If someone on-site depends on life support equipment, notify Erskine Park Plumbing so we can make the necessary safe arrangements.

Taking these preparatory steps facilitates quick access for technicians to safely upgrade metres. Contact Erskine Park Plumbing on 1300 349 338 for guidance when upgrading your gas metre.

What to Expect on the Day of Installation

When the technician arrives to upgrade your gas metre, here is what you can expect:

Arrival and Safety Checks

The technician will conduct initial safety checks to confirm that all gas appliances are off and the installation area is free from hindrances.

Metre Replacement

Your old gas metre will be disconnected and removed. This typically takes 30-60 minutes.

Connection Testing

The technician will thoroughly test all new meter connections to confirm leak-free operation, prioritising your safety.

Restart and Operation

Your gas supply will be turned back on once testing is complete.

Discovering more about what to expect will make the gas meter installation process smooth and trouble-free. Contact Erskine Park Plumbing on 1300 349 338 with any other questions.

After Installation: Relighting Appliances and Next Steps

Once your new gas metre is installed, there are a few important next steps:

Relight Gas Appliances

The technician will ensure all gas appliances, including water heaters and stovetops, are relit before departure. However, double check all pilot lights are on after they depart.

Contact Erskine Park Plumbing With Any Issues

If you encounter any problems like appliance pilot lights not staying on or suspect a gas leak, contact our team immediately on 1300 349 338. We’re available 24/7 to help with post-installation support.

Update Metre Details With Your Gas Supplier

It’s imperative to update your gas supplier with your new meter’s serial number and initial readings to secure precise billing post-installation.

Schedule Any Necessary Plumbing Upgrades

A gas meter upgrade is the perfect opportunity to have your entire gas piping system inspected for integrity. Our licenced plumbers can identify and rectify any risks like leaks or corrosion.

Don’t hesitate to call Erskine Park Plumbing on 1300 349 338 or email jobs@erskineparkplumbingservices.com.au for assistance with your new metre or related gas services.

Smart Meters and Their Benefits for Consumers

Discover the benefits of smart meters, the latest advancement in gas metering technology. These digital metres provide both consumers and utility companies key benefits including:

Real-time Data and Alerts

Smart gas meters capture and wirelessly send real-time gas and electricity usage data to your utility provider. This allows them to monitor supply, detect issues proactively, and provide usage alerts to help manage your gas consumption.

Accurate Billing

Unlike old analogue metres, smart metres provide highly precise readings of your household gas usage rather than estimates. This enables more accurate and fair billing based on actual consumption.

Informed Energy Decisions

The detailed data smart metres provide on your gas usage patterns allows you to make more informed decisions about energy efficiency investments like insulation or appliance upgrades.

The shift from conventional mechanical meters to state-of-the-art smart meters presents significant benefits for both utility providers and consumers.

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