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Vehicle air conditioning and gas safety

The  gas used in your vehicle’s air conditioning system is regulated under  Queensland law for your safety.

Allowing  untrained persons to undertake work or use unapproved gases in your vehicle  poses a significant safety risk, and can result in significant and expensive  damage to your air conditioning system

Regassing safely

When  having your air conditioning system repaired or regassed it is important that  you:

  • only  use approved gases – check the manufacturer’s specifications
  • ensure  that a licensed person performs  the work – ask to see their licence
  • never  undertake unlicensed work or attempt to retrofit a vehicle’s air  conditioning system with unapproved gases.

Common problems

Consumers  often report that unapproved gases, known as hydrocarbon refrigerants, have been used to re-gas  their vehicle air conditioning. Cheap vehicle air conditioning services are  typically advertised on social media and the work is often done by unlicensed persons for a cheap price.

Read  more about the illegal use of hydrocarbon  refrigerants.

What the law says

It  is illegal in Queensland to use hydrocarbon refrigerants in an unapproved  device, and it is illegal to install hydrocarbon refrigerants in devices that  are not approved. Hydrocarbon refrigerants can only be  used on approved devices prescribed by regulation.

The Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety)  Act 2004 requires that a person undertaking gas work with hydrocarbon  refrigerant must hold a current gas work licence issued by the Petroleum and  Gas Inspectorate. The gas must only be used in a refrigeration system approved  by an appropriate gas approval authority.

What to do if the wrong gas has been used

You can seek a refund from the person who did the work. For information and advice read about guarantees, warranties and  refunds or contact the Office of Fair  trading.

You  can report all suspected illegal gas work to the Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate  on 13 74 68 or (07) 3330 4241.

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