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Stay safe when buying gas appliances online

29 January 2021
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Just because there are gas appliances listed for sale on Trade Me and other online marketplaces, it doesn’t mean they comply with New Zealand regulatory requirements or are safe to use.

It’s important to do your homework and know what to look for when purchasing a gas appliance second hand or new online.

Safety first

When considering the purchase of a second hand gas appliance, make sure it is in good working condition without dangerous defects. If the seller is local, arrange an in person inspection for you to look over the product.

You can also ask the seller detailed questions and request additional photos to ensure you have as much information as possible.

Does it comply?

The importer or manufacturer of the gas appliance must have registered the gas appliance on Energy Safety's Gas Appliance Database and hold a Supplier Declaration of Compliance (SDoC). If it is not in the database, it cannot be legally sold in New Zealand.

Before making an offer or purchasing a gas appliance, check the database to see if it has been registered.

If the gas appliance requires installation, be aware that a qualified gasfitter will not install a product that does not comply with New Zealand regulations.

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Caravans and motorhomes

Many caravans have gas cookers and other gas appliances installed and are therefore subject to the same regulations.

They are also required to be declared to the Gas Appliance Database and have the appropriate documentation.

Supplier Declaration of Compliance (SDoC)

To show they're safe, gas appliances require a Supplier Declaration of Compliance (SDoC) before they can be sold.

According to Trade Me’s Gas appliance safety policy, sellers must have this documentation and be prepared to supply it where required.

Please be aware that Trade Me places all responsibility on the seller to verify compliance.

For more information on the supply of gas appliances, check out Energy Safety's guide to supplying safe electrical and gas products. You can also read more about the gas appliance safety regime on the Energy Safety website.

Have additional questions or need to arrange an install? Find a Master Gasfitter in your area.

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