Appliance connectors are corrugated metal tubes used to connect gas appliances to fuel gas supply pipes in your home or business. Some older brass connectors – that have not been made for more than 20 years, but that are still found in older homes and buildings – have a potential flaw in how the tubing is joined to end pieces. Over time, the end pieces can separate from the tubing and may cause a serious leak, explosion or fire.
Although not all uncoated connectors have this potential flaw, it is difficult to tell which ones do. Therefore, any uncoated brass connector should be replaced immediately by a certified contractor.
Be sure to follow these appliance connector guidelines:
• Make sure that connectors are installed where no one will step, sit, lean or place a heavy object on them.
• Never have a connector installed through a wall, floor or ceiling.
• An appliance connector should not be more than six feet long.
• Each appliance should have a shut-off valve installed on the house piping before the connector.
• A new connector should be installed by a certified contractor every time an appliance is replaced.