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Gas installation jargon buster

Let’s expose the acronyms, forget the tradesman talk and cut through the gibberish to understand just what we’re talking about when it comes to installing gas appliances.

Let’s expose the acronyms, forget the tradesman talk and cut through the gibberish to understand just what we’re talking about when it comes to installing gas appliances.

Acronyms explained

Here are a few acronyms that you might need to understand if you’re having or already have a gas fuelled product installed in your home:

  • ECV – Emergency Control Valve. This is normally located on the anaconda – which we’ll get to in a little bit - and it’s there to safely shut off the gas supply in a property.
  • ESP – Emergency Service Provider. If you’re having any problems that an engineer cannot fix, you’ll need to call your Emergency Service Provider. If you live in the UK, the number for your ESP will be on your meter.
  • LPG – Liquefied Petroleum Gas. Used as a fuel in heating appliances and vehicles. Sometimes referred to as GPL, LP Gas, liquid petroleum gas, propane or butane. We’ll stick to LPG, thanks.
  • POC – Products of Combustion. Pretty much anything that is flammable.

Useful terms

And let’s demystify a few other useful terms that you may hear:

  • Anaconda – the length of flexible steel piping that runs between the gas meter governor and the gas supply
  • Governor – similar shape to a spinning top, this device regulates the pressure of the gas. You’ll find it between the ECV and gas meter or on top of the meter itself.
  • Manometer – device used by gas safe engineers to test gas pressure and leaks when conducting the Tightness Tests for safety purposes.
  • Natural Gas – the most common gas fuel type in UK homes. This is the stuff that’s delivered through pipes from underground and into your property. Also known as Mains Gas.

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