Changing your appliances from electric to gas can take a little work, but gas can be cheaper and more consistent. Changing the appliances is just one part of the job, because if you don't have gas in the house already, you will need to have gas lines run and installed as well. You can change one or several appliances, but planning ahead is the best way to keep from having to do the job several times over.
Selecting The Appliances
Before you can plan what gas lines need to be run into the home, you need to decide which appliances will be changed to gas. The range or stove top is one common appliance that people change to gas. The hot water tank, the clothes dryer, and the furnace can all also be run off the gas as well. You will also need to get appliances that are set up for either natural gas or propane as they can be different. While most modern appliances can use both, the fittings and pressures can be different so talk to the appliance salesperson to be sure you get the right ones.
Running the Gas Lines
Running the gas lines for your new appliances needs to be done right. You do not want to risk having a gas leak in or under your home, so it is critical that you get a professional gas line installation service to do the work for you. There are some plumbers that are experienced with gas lines, but be sure to as specifically about their experience level before hiring them. In most cases, the lines are flexible copper with very specific compression style fittings used at all the connections. The was a time when gas lines were run with steel pipe, but it is not as common these days. The lines need to be strong enough to support the pressure in the gas system and not corrode under the home.
Installing The Appliances
Once the gas lines have been run to the locations where the appliance will go, you can have them installed. This is a job for an experienced technician that understands how the appliances work and what the requirements are. They need to know what fittings to use, how to properly purge the air out of the system, and adjust the lines to fit properly. Once everything has been installed, the gas can be turned on and all the joints can be checked for leaks. The gas company may require you to have their tech on site before any gas can be turned on to be sure there is not going to be a problem at the connection between their system and the lines in the home.