Now You Are Cooking With Gas

You go shopping for appliances and there is an unbelievable sale on gas ranges, you can’t help it the price is too good and the allure of cooking with gas is too strong to resist, you can’t afford not to buy it! So, you buy the range and plan out your next family meal as the sales person assures you that installing a gas range will be simple and easy, no problem at all really, just call a local plumber or gasfitter and they will have you up and running before your roast is even thawed. You call a plumber to give you an estimate on running a new gas line and hooking up your sweet sweet new toy but *gasp* the cost to put the gas line in is more than you paid for the oven! How has this happened? The salesperson said this would be easy, did they lie? Why would a new gas line cost so much? The answer to these pressing questions can be learned right here, and luckily you know that before you make any large appliance purchase you read Firefly Plumbing’s blog first.

There are a few things that go into the installation of a new gas line, permits, proper pipe sizing, and certification. Let’s start with permits. Any alterations to your home’s natural gas line are required to have a permit issued. This is for your safety and we cannot stress enough the importance of having a new gas line properly inspected. A gas leak can cause much more damage than a leaky pipe, plus you would lose that sweet new range. Permits are not cheap. In the City of Calgary, the lowest possible cost for a permit is roughly $180 and goes up from there based on the cost of the job. Only licensed gas fitters can pull a permit, the municipality checks to make sure that the company asking for a permit has a license and that license insures that the company has a valid gas fitting ticket. Once a permit is issued an inspection can be performed to ensure the new gas line meets current codes and sizing, which brings us to…

The gas line must be properly sized. In a nut shell, gas line sizing is based on the British Thermal Unit (or BTU) load and the total furthest distance from your gas meter to your appliances. If a gas line is undersized you may experience issues with appliances firing or working properly and who really wants to be cooking Christmas dinner and have their furnace stop working? If a gas line is undersized this may mean that the gas fitter or plumber who is working on the line may have to increase its size to make sure you can run all your gas appliances without issues. Upsizing a gas line can be very costly so calling a gas fitter before you decide on adding any gas heaters or stoves to the line is crucial.

Finally, you want a certified gas fitter to do the job. Certification means that the installer has the knowledge required to install the new gas line in a safe and code compliant manner. Again, this is more for safety than anything. You wouldn’t hire a lawyer who hadn’t received any training to defend you on that pesky murder charge would you? Plumbing is similar, an educated plumber earns more than an uneducated one, but they will keep you from having much worse issues down the line.

All that being said, you’ll be happy to learn that Firefly Plumbing is licensed to do gas! So give us a call before, or after, you buy that range and we will be happy to come out to give you a quote.

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