Transition to new LPG Cylinder Connections (LCC27)

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From 1 April 2021 LPG cylinders with new valves are being phased in.

As a result of recent Australian & New Zealand Standards updates, a new safer type of gas hose connection is being introduced into the market that will be replacing the existing style of gas connections currently available on the market. 

To learn more about the new connector, you may find this video useful: 

The new connection is called a LCC27 Type Connector, and it is introduced due to significant safety improvements over the existing connector, which is called a 'Type 21 POL' Connector. 

The introduction of this new LCC27 Type Connector also means that all LPG Leisure Cylinders will be transitioning over to the new connection type as well. 

From April 2022, Joolca, as well as all other suppliers of gas appliances, will need to supply products with the new LCC27 Style Gas Hose & Regulator, as the old Type 21 POL connector will no longer be permitted to be sold. 

Compatibility with LPG Cylinders

The LCC27 cylinder connection is cross compatible with both Type 21 and LCC27 appliance connections. However, the LCC27 appliance connection is only compatible with LCC27 cylinders.

From 1 April 2021 LPG cylinders with new valves are being phased in.

When you next exchange your BBQ or outdoor gas appliance LP Gas cylinder, you may receive a cylinder with the new valve.

You won’t need to replace your Joolca or BBQ / outdoor gas appliance as the new valve, known as the LCC27, will safely and easily connect to your existing hose. 

The LCC27 valve is being introduced to improve safety and reduce the risk of BBQ fires and accidental gas leakage from LPG cylinders.

Cylinders with the current valves – Type 21 (POL) – may continue to be used. These valves will be phased out over a ten-year period as each LPG cylinder is due for a retest or ten-year change over.

Is it safer? 

Yes! With the new connection, gas will not flow unless the valve is connected to your Joolca’s hose assembly. This means gas cannot flow from the cylinder even if the hose has been disconnected and the valve handle has been left in the open position.

The rubber seal is protected from exposure inside the cylinder valve and, so it is less likely to deteriorate and need replacing and can be checked during refilling of the cylinder.

When used with an LCC27 appliance connector, a thermal cut-off in the new appliance connection will stop gas from flowing if there is a fire.

Why is Joolca changing connectors? 

From 1 October 2021 the new connections are being phased in for all LPG appliances.

From 1 April 2022, the new connection will be mandatory on all new Joolca other outdoor LPG appliances with a hose assembly manufactured after this date.  Refer to the transition timeline below.

The new LCC27 hose connection (refer to the image below) has been designed specifically for the LCC27 valve and contains the thermal cut-out feature to stop gas from flowing if there is a fire.

The new appliance connection attaches to the new valve using the outside thread, rather than the inside. It is easier to attach due to the large plastic nut and is screwed on in a clockwise direction.

Can I use an adapter? 

NO! If you have a new BBQ or appliance with the new connection, you must not use an adaptor to connect to the old Type 21 or POL cylinder connection.

Adaptors are an additional leakage risk and the change from right-hand thread on the appliance LCC27 connector to left-hand thread on the POL cylinder valve means tightening one side of the adapter risks creating a new leak at the other end of the adaptor.

LCC27 and POL appliance connectionsLPG_HoseConnections_LCC27_POL.jpeg

 

Using my existing hose to connect to a new style Cylinder

Your current Joolca will connect to the new LCC27 valve.

The new LCC27 valve looks different to the current POL valve (refer to the image below). It has both an inside and outside thread, ensuring it is compatible with all existing and future Joolca appliance connections.  You do not need to buy a new Joolca or a new hose to use the new LPG valve.

To connect to your current Joolca, simply screw your Joolca hose end into the inside threaded opening of the valve in anti-clockwise direction, until a tight connection has been made.

 

Always test the connection for gas leaks

  1. Use a squeezy bottle filled with soapy water (use dishwashing liquid and water).
  2. Squirt the connection with the suds from the soapy water solution.
  3. Bubbles will form if gas is escaping.

If there are no leaks, turn on the gas flow, by turning the valve handle (on top) in an anti-clockwise direction. Gas will stop flowing if you unscrew the hose, even if the handle has not been turned off. However, the cylinder valve handle must be closed before disconnecting the hose assembly for replacement or refilling.

LCC27 and POL valvesLPG_Valves_LCC27_POL.jpeg

 

Transition timeline

New LCC27 valve and appliance connectionsLCC27-Timeline-V2.jpeg

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