Brass Connector Safety Issues
Flexible gas connectors are corrugated metal tubing used to connect appliances such as stoves and dryers to natural gas supply pipes. Uncoated brass flexible connectors, installed prior to 1977, are susceptible to cracking, breaking and deterioration due to moving, bending, corrosion or the way they were made. The connectors have a flaw in how the tubing was joined to the end pieces. Over time, the end pieces can separate and cause a gas leak, which could lead to property damage or injury if not replaced immediately.
Not all uncoated connectors have this flaw, but it's difficult to tell which ones do. Therefore, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission recommends replacement of any uncoated brass connector with either a new plastic-coated brass or a new stainless steel connector. Connectors should always be replaced whenever the appliance is replaced or moved from its location.
Do NOT attempt to move the appliance
yourself to check the connector.
Contact a licensed plumber or qualified professional appliance repair service to inspect your connectors and replace them if necessary.
Natural Gas Safety Rules
To prevent accidents:
- Follow manufacturer's instructions with all appliances.
- Have your appliances installed, serviced and repaired by professionals.
- Keep areas around your natural gas water heater and furnace clean and free of flammables.