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Preparing Your Home for Gas Appliance Installation

Why You Should Leave Some Jobs for the Pros

gas appliances Danville, VA We get it: Home improvement projects can be fun and satisfying—and can save you some money, too. But gas appliance installation is not a DIY project. While propane is extremely safe when installed correctly, even a small leak can create an explosion hazard.

When you need a propane appliance installation , even if you are just replacing an old piece of equipment, you need to hire a pro. And the service team at Pico Propane have the training and experience to make sure the job gets done correctly.

There are several reasons why attempting to install gas appliances on your own is not advisable—but the number one reason is safety. While propane is generally safe, it can still be very dangerous in certain situations because it is a flammable gas.

Incorrectly installed gas appliances can result in dangerous situations, such as propane leaks. That’s why it’s necessary to hire a trained professional to install gas appliances in your home.
If there is a propane leak in your home, it can build up and be ignited by sparks from light switches or appliances, using the phone, lighting candles or cigarettes.

It is important that everyone in your home knows what to do if they detect the smell of propane gas: It smells like rotten eggs. Additionally, make sure to install propane leak detectors near all propane appliances.

Another reason you should have a pro perform installation work is that it could void the manufacturers warranty.

Proper Gas Appliance Installation

Installing a gas appliance requires more than just plugging it in and turning it on. You may need to install or connect an exhaust pipe or flue based on your current system’s configuration.

In addition, it’s important to adjust the regulator correctly. The propane in your storage tank is under high pressure, and the regulator lowers the pressure before the gas enters your home. It’s important to adjust the regulator correctly for propane because it has different settings than natural gas. Failure to do so could lead to a hazardous gas leak. The regulator is responsible for not only regulating pressure but also for ensuring the proper combination of propane and air for efficient combustion. Any alterations done by someone with insufficient knowledge can disturb this ratio and lead to the production of dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

A professional technician will also ensure your appliances are ventilated properly. The codes regulating ventilation can vary depending on the location and situation, and not having proper venting can lead to poor performance and the accumulation of carbon monoxide.

Preparing for Your Installation

While the installation work should be done by a pro, you can take some steps to make sure the installation goes smoothly. If you are replacing an old appliance, make sure the new appliance will fit in the old space, and schedule disposal or recycling of the old one. If it’s a new appliance, make sure the space where it’s being installed is clear, and outlets with the correct voltage are available.

Make sure there’s a clear path for delivery team to bring the appliance to its location, and if you have pets put them in another room to keep them and installers safe and comfortable.

Typical installations take an hour or two for most appliances.

Ready for Your Installation?

There’s a reason people trust Pico Propane with propane appliance installations and repairs. Our expert technicians will work with you to make sure work is done right. In addition to propane storage tanks, heating and water heating systems, we can help you with a variety of appliances and equipment including log sets, firepits, patio heaters and more. Contact us today!