LPG Tank Inspections Requirements

LPG car tanks should be inspected on a yearly basis by a qualified inspector to make sure they are compliant with regulations. Regular inspections keep yourself safe and your tank in good working order which will ultimately save you money.

You will legally need to renew your LPG gas certificate every 10 years or face fines, although they are different things you’ll need to get a LPG tank inspection in order to get a LPG gas tank certificate

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What Are LPG Tank Inspections?

Alright so, an LPG tank inspection is exactly how it sounds. It’s basically a full systems check of your LPG tank to make sure the whole system is safe, compliant and in decent working order. 

It’s important to get these tests done for your safety, as they’ll find issues early on to prevent a large scale accident or leaks in your tank.

Remember in order to sell your LPG car or register a new one you’ll need a LPG gas certificate on the vehicle, for this you’ll need to get a licensed professional to do an inspection on the vehicle in order to get the certificate.

P.S these are different to Caravan gas tank certificates!

Why Are LPG Tank Inspections Necessary?

As an Aussie you’re going to need to get a LPG tank safety certificate every 10 years by law. In order to get this certificate you’ll have to get an inspection done.

However, it’s actually recommended you get checkups every year on top of that to find any problems before they happen.

It’s important to know In QLD you could face fines of between $1000 for having a non-compliant tank, or up to $5000 if you’re in an accident and it’s found out you had a non-compliant tank 

You can also face insurance payout problems as well as much lower resale value if your tank doesn’t fit the safety regulations, so it’s absolutely best to get regular inspections so you have peace of mind you have a safe tank and are within the law.

Safety Assurance

To put it simply, it’s just to make sure there isn’t any potential for the system to cause any damage to you or anyone else by checking everything is in working order.

Remember this is highly pressured gas kept in a tank in your car, if neglected a LPG tank could be the cause of an unwanted injury to yourself or others. If the tank is not safe and compliant, you’ll have to get the repairs done then get it retested.

Complying with regulations

As an Aussie you’re going to need to get a LPG tank safety certificate every 10 years by law. However, it’s actually recommended you get checkups every year on top of that to find any problems before they happen.

It’s important to know In QLD you could face fines and penalties for having a non-compliant tank, or even more trouble if you’re in an accident and it’s found out you had a non-compliant tank.

You can also face insurance payout problems as well as much lower resale value if your tank doesn’t fit the regulations

Finding leaks

So part of the LPG tank inspection is checking for leaks which is a really important one. As you can imagine driving a car with gas leaking out the tank isn’t a great combo.

This one doubles up as a safety point as well as fuel saving, basically a leak in your gas tank is about as dangerous and costly as it sounds. Which is why these inspections are so necessary for LPG tanks. 

By the way, inspectors don’t just check the tanks but all the piping, valves and seals the gas goes through too.

Having your tank for longer

Just like owning a car, if you get regular inspections and keep up to date with your LPG tank certificate the tank is likely to last you longer than if you didn’t.

In short, this means savings for you as you won’t have to spend on major repairs or replacing the whole system as often.

The idea being an inspection will catch potential problems early so they can be sorted before the issue becomes too big to fix, or damages the tank long-term.

What Are The Requirements For A LPG Tank Inspection?

Okay so while there are no specific requirements to get an inspection done directly, legally you will have to renew your LPG Gas Tank Safety Certificate every 10 years which will require an inspection to be done.

Although, this 10 years is just the legal limit of when you’re required to renew your certificate. It’s actually recommended you get an inspection more often than that for the safety and health of your system.

When should you get an LPG tank inspection?

We would recommend every year, the reason we do this is so you can catch any issues early on so they don’t develop into larger ones. This will save you money in the long run as you wont be forking out for a major repair or whole new system.

In my experience the best way to maintain this is to get this inspection done at the same time as your service to get the best value for your money.

10 years really is too long of a time to go between checks, so many things could go wrong within that time that will cost you a fortune. 

Something small could be happening at the 2 year mark such as a dodgy valve, this could turn into a whole system replacement a couple of years later, which would be cheap to fix if you had an inspector see it.

What happens if you don't keep your LPG gas certificate up to date?

Now, if you don’t get your certificate up to date you run the risk of your own safety as well as others. But also you can get in a lot of trouble if you’re found to have an out of date certificate, especially if you’re in an accident.

The fines range between $1000-$5000 and you could get in further trouble with the law if driving without a LPG tank certificate, and don’t expect your insurance company to pay out as they won’t cover you if you’re not up to date with your certificate.

How Much Are LPG Tank inspections?

Right so you can expect to pay between $700-$900 for a standard inspection in QLD. 

This basically does just come down to the quality of the inspector and depth of inspection, as you pay for what you get going cheap might mean you get a brief once over from an inexperienced inspector. 

Whereas, paying towards the top end you would get an experienced inspector giving your whole system a proper check.

What Factors Affect The Price

Okay so when it comes to inspecting a tank there are a few variables as all cars are different. For example, some cars will have two LPG tanks which makes the inspection more expensive. While some may have them under the ute tray and others in the front of the car which may be easier to access.

So in simple terms, if you have a singular tank in a spot that’s accessible the inspection fee would be towards the lower end. However, if you have multiple tanks in a hard to access spot you’re likely to be paying more.

Our Advice Choosing An LPG Tank Inspector

In our experience it’s never worth going with the cheapest guy, as you may just get a low quality inspection which can lead to you paying twice if they miss something. Once for the inspection then again for a repair down the road that could have been avoided.

Honestly, you can take it from us, it’s always worth going with someone who’s got experienced inspectors and a good reputation to get the job done right first time. You don’t want to take any risks when it comes to the highly pressurised tank in your car.

What If I Fail An LPG Tank Inspection Trying To Get A LPG Gas Certificate?

Now, I know it’s the last thing any LPG owner wants to think about but you should know what to do if your tank certificate fails. You’ll have 14 days to get a retest before you have to book another one, so work fast!

So, firstly you will be given a detailed report by the inspector basically explaining what the issue is with your tank. This document will tell you what it is exactly you’ll need to address, such as which regulation it does not comply with or why he considers it hazardous.

Steps to Take After Failing an Inspection

  1. Make sure you understand what’s in the report and ask questions if you have to, as this is what you’re going to need to fix.
  2. Now it’s best to get in touch with a LPG certified technician to fix the issues in the report
  3. Next job is to get those issues sorted, which might include fixing leaks, replacing faulty components, or any structural issues with the tank.
  4. Now you can book a reinspection, and assuming the work has been done correctly, get your LPG tank certificate. But be quick as you have 14 days to do a reinspection or you’ll have to book a new one

What You Can Expect From Our Inspectors

Our inspectors will turn up on time, with all the right equipment and a big smile on their face. They’ll even let you know with a friendly text when they’re due to arrive.

So, to begin with we will check the date on the actual tank so we know the last time it was inspected, as well as how old the tank is. 

Then they will empty the gas lines and tank so we can fully inspect the internal of the tank and the valves and fittings. This includes pressure testing the tank and valves to make sure they are in working order, as well as a visual inspection of the whole system.

The tank and valves will also get leak tested using a small amount of LPG gas. Once our helpful technicians have date stamped your tank and given it the all clear, it’s time to get your certificate.

This is the full list of things we do for a LPG tank inspection

  • Checking the tank date on the actual tank/s
  • Checking the emission
  • Run and empty gas lines
  • Remove gas tank fittings
  • Carry out external inspection
  • Remove all liquid and vapour from gas tank/s
  • Remove tank with nitrogen
  • Remove and test valves and fittings
  • Inspect tank/s internally
  • Test and replace valves & seals
  • Pressure test tank/s
  • Leak check tank/s
  • Date stamp tank/s
  • Leak test connectors & fittings using a small amount of LPG
  • Compliance certificate is issued

Conclusion

So there we have it, that’s a comprehensive look at LPG tank inspection requirements to get your certificate.

Remember your tank is required to have its LPG tank certificate renewed every 10 years by law or when selling a LPG vehicle, that will require an inspection to do so.

We recommend yearly for your safety and the health of your system. This is also going to save you money catching minor repairs before they become major.

The inspection will make sure that the tank has no structural issues, the pipes and valves have no leaks and the seals are in good condition. As well as other safety tests.

If the inspection fails and you’re trying to get a certificate you’ll have 14 days to get the work done and have a reinspection or you’ll have to book a new one.

So don’t be afraid to get in touch with our team for a chat about your LPG certificate, we’re here to help.

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