If your home or appliances are more than 20 years old, you may have potentially dangerous uncoated brass gas connectors in need of replacement. There are several different types of gas connectors used with appliances, and they are plastic-coated, uncoated stainless steel, plastic-coated stainless steel and uncoated brass. The uncoated brass variety was commonly used in 1950s-60s construction since it was more affordable. The photo above is of a coated brass connector.
Some uncoated brass connectors have a flaw in the area where the tubing meets the end pieces. It can easily become cracked or torn, which could result in a natural gas leak, fire or explosion.
How can I tell if I have uncoated brass connectors?
Do NOT try to determine on your own whether you have this type of connector in your home. This may result in a natural gas leak. It’s best to let a professional determine what type of appliance connectors you have installed.
What type of connector do I need instead?
Natural gas laundry room and kitchen appliances, including the stove, dryer and cooktop should all have a flexible connector. Washing machines, water heaters and furnaces should have solid piping. Keep in mind that you should NEVER replace the connectors yourself. Remember, this is work for a professional.
Do you think my new home has uncoated brass connectors?
It is highly unlikely that your new home has this type of appliance connector installed. Uncoated connectors have not been produced for the last 20 years. However, it’s still a good idea to get your connections inspected by a professional.
What should I do if I smell natural gas?
If you smell natural gas in your home, leave immediately. Do not operate anything that could cause a spark, including lights, cell phones, flashlights, and appliances. From a safe location, call 911 or your local utility, which will dispatch a crew to check on the source of the odor and make the area safe.
Gas Line Protection Plan
Our Gas Line Protection plan covers repairs to leaks on exposed interior gas lines that can develop over time due to everyday wear and tear. You are also entitled to an annual in-home inspection of your exposed interior gas lines, shutoff valves and gas appliance connectors. Leaking and other dangerous connectors will be replaced as part of your coverage.
Even if you have not had any problems with your natural gas appliances, it may be difficult to tell which type of connectors you have installed in your older home.
A professional will be able to provide you with an inspection and advise you as to how the replacement process works, should you need new connectors for your home.