Avoid dangerous gas leaks with a simple upgrade.
Flexible gas connectors are corrugated metal tubes used to attach gas appliances to the natural gas pipes in your dwelling. Older flexible connectors made of uncoated brass can weaken or crack over time, which could lead to a dangerous gas leak.
Any uncoated brass gas appliance connector should be replaced immediately with a new stainless steel connector. A licensed professional should assist you with this process to ensure all connections are secure.
Handling older appliances safely
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, uncoated flexible gas connectors have not been made for more than 25 years, but many are still in use in older appliances. Follow these tips when managing such connectors:
- Avoid moving gas appliances – stressing connectors can cause them to crack or fail.
- Do not move your natural gas appliances to check the connectors yourself.
- Leave the inspection and replacement of such connectors to a qualified heating contractor, plumber or appliance repair representative.
- Ensure that connectors are certified by the American Gas Association and manufactured in accordance with the American National Standards Institute.