Gas Appliance Testing

“As a manufacturer, importer or distributor, you know that independent Gas Appliance Testing and certification from an accredited body (CAB) is needed before products can be sold, installed or imported.”

Vipac’s independent NATA accredited laboratories conduct a range of Gas Appliance testing to Australian Standards. Whether it’s domestic or commercial gas appliances you’re wanting to test, our Gas Engineers can help.

What makes us unique?

  • We’re a chosen testing house for the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Energy
  • R&D work conducted with us may be eligible for R&D Tax Incentives
  • We can test Gas Appliances up to 95km/hr wind speeds with our wind machine.
  • We keep abreast of industry changes by writing standards and holding a voting seat on AG – 001 Gas Appliances (Standards Australia Working Committee), and CS – 062 Solid Fuel Burning Appliance Committee.
  • Our open lines of communication and strict confidentiality policy means if you run into any problems, we work hand in hand with you to solve them.
  • We’re members of the Gas Manufacturers Association of Australia (GAMAA), Australian Home Heating Association (AHHA), Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) and Consumer Electronics Suppliers Association (CESA).
  • We can tailor to specific customer requirements or equipment specifications including R&D testing, prototype testing and challenging installations.  
Gas Appliance Testing picture, offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

A red flame or a blue one? Our goal is to help manufacturers comply with Australian Standards without compromising the aesthetics of their products’ flame.

What do we test?

  • Gas space heaters
  • Gas ovens / cookers
  • Portable gas stoves
  • Gas cooktops / hotplates
  • Gas barbecues
  • Gas water heaters (both instantaneous and storage)
  • Gas pool heaters
  • Gas log fireplace (decorative and other fuel effect appliances)
  • LPG portable and LPG mobile appliances
  • Commercial gas catering equipment
  • Outdoor radiant gas heaters
  • Gas refrigerators
  • Gas dryers
  • Gas ducted heaters
  • Flue cowls (for Gas Appliances)
  • Gas valves (both automatic shut-off & manual shut-off)
  • Splashbacks.

We test both electrical and gas safety

When people ask us “What is combustion?“, we tell them it’s when a fuel reacts with oxygen to produce heat. But our testing isn’t limited to gas safety- we can also assess electrical safety on Gas Appliances with an electrical component. Whether AS/NZS 3100, or the applicable 60335 standard/s, we can arrange this through our in-house Electrical Testing Facility.

Gas Appliance Testing picture, offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

When baking and engineering go hand in hand! Since the Australian Standard for gas cooking appliances includes baking recipes, our Gas Engineers assess the moisture, consistency, colour and texture of baked goods as part of their testing procedure.

Did you know..?

Did you know that air can be mixed with fuel 100 different ways? It’s this blend that dictates how ‘clean’ the combustion is, with an imbalanced mixture leading to soot or carbon monoxide.”

At Vipac, we draw on over 100 years of cumulative testing experience to minimise Gas Appliances’ production of soot and carbon monoxide.

We understand Australian Standards and Regulations

At the core of our testing lies a sound knowledge of Australian Standards. For example, we know that in addition to Gas Certification testing to AS 4552 or AS/NZS 5263.1.2, all gas water heaters must be tested to AS 3498 to obtain WaterMark certification, which is a legal requirement. Gas water heaters must also be registered with the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Regulator.

Gas Appliance Testing picture, offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Our Gas Appliance testing helps keep you warm in Winter and full in Summer.

What gas appliance testing Standards can we help with?

AS 5263.0 or AS/NZS 5263.0
AS 4551 or AS/NZS 5263.1.1
AS 4552 or AS/NZS 5263.1.2
AS 4553 or AS/NZS 5263.1.3
AS 4554
AS 4555
AS 4556 or AS/NZS 5263.1.6
AS 4557 or AS/NZS 5263.1.7
AS 4558 or AS/NZS 5263.1.8
AS 4560
AS 4563
AS 4566
AS 2658
AS 3498
Gas appliances – General requirements
Domestic gas cooking appliances
Gas fired water heaters for hot water supply and/or central heating
Gas space heating appliances
Gas laundry dryers
Domestic gas refrigerators
Indirect gas-fired ducted air heaters
Domestic outdoor gas barbecues
Decorative effect gas appliances
Gas pool heaters
Commercial catering gas equipment
Flue cowls – Gas appliances
LP Gas – Portable and mobile appliances
Authorization requirements for plumbing products – Water heaters and hot-water storage tanks

What NATA testing do we do?

3.26 Performance tests on gas appliances and components

3.26.01 Gas consumption, turndown consumption, maintenance rate
3.26.02 Determination of CO/CO₂ ratio
3.26.03 Vitiation tests
3.26.05 Flue draft and spillage
3.26.06 Emission tests
3.26.11 Thermal efficiency, radiant efficiency
3.26.12 Temperature hazards
3.26.13 Oven baking evenness
3.26.14 Heat flux
3.26.15 Cooking oil temperature tests
3.26.16 Cabinet temperature (refrigerators)
3.26.17 Ice-making test
3.26.18 Heat resistance, durability
3.26.19 Flue gas temperatures
3.26.20 Stratification tests
3.26.21 Tests on thermostats, regulators,
shut-off valves, pressure limit devices
3.26.22 Flow rate (components)
3.26.23 Voltage variation (components)
3.26.25 Temperature variation (components)
3.26.31 Wind generator tests (outdoor and room sealed appliance)
3.26.32 Rain test (outdoor appliance)
3.26.41 Static pressure tests (hoses and components)
3.26.51 Visual inspection
3.26.52 Gas leakage
3.26.53 Ignition and flame safeguard tests
3.26.54 Linting tests
3.26.55 Drying performance (laundry dryers)
3.26.56 Heating up time
3.26.57 Safety shut down
3.26.61 Mechanical strength and operating effort
3.26.62 Mechanical stability