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Converting a Purely Electrical Household to Part Gas, Part Electrical: How It's Done

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There are many households that use only electricity to power and fuel everything in the home. Even furnaces and stoves use only electricity. If you want to begin saving a lot of money on your electrical bill every month, you may be motivated to switch some appliances over to gas. In a home that has never had a gas line before, that becomes a little tricky. However, your plumber can help you with this project. Gas line installation services are explained below. 

Buy the Gas Appliances You Want to Connect

It helps the plumber when you have already purchased the gas appliances you want to connect. This includes a gas furnace, a gas water heater, and a gas stove. All of these appliances will require their own separate hook-ups and connecting lines to the main gas line. Ergo, if you have the appliances in hand and ready for installation, the plumber can see where he/she needs to install the gas line connections and how to run the gas line into the house. 

Ask the City to Come out and Mark Where the Gas Line Is Supposed to Go

If you intend to tap the city gas lines for your personal gas line, you have to be close enough to the city gas lines to do so. Have the city send someone out to mark off where the nearest gas line is. Then request the installation of a gas meter and a gas line from the city line to your house. Once the city's crew has completed these tasks, then the plumber can pick up where the city crew left off at your house.

Connect he Gas Line to the House to the Appliances

Here is where the plumber begins the real work of installing the pipelines for your gas needs. Most cities use natural gas and not propane. That really does not make much of a difference, but if your city uses propane for some reason, be sure your plumber knows what gas is in the lines. You should also make sure your new gas appliances fit with the type of gas your city patches through to your home.

There will be a pipe that leads from underground gas lines into and through the foundation of your home. There is a valve on this pipeline that is turned off. Leave it off, or you could be filling your basement or crawlspace with dangerously copious amounts of gas. The plumber will come in, look at where the city pipe is, and then examine where your furnace, water heater, and/or stove on the first floor are located. Then he/she will begin attaching a fresh pipe to the city gas line until the pipe reaches the areas where you want to install gas appliances. The plumber makes sure all of these pipes are secure and leak-proof. The plumber can install your gas water heater, but your stove and furnace will require an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) technician. After all gas appliances are in place, the plumber can finish installing the gas lines to these appliances, and then you are ready to start saving money.