One of the longest-running debates in homeownership is between gas and electric appliances. While electric appliances tend to be easier to install, and they are a little less intimidating, gas appliances (like stoves, dryers, and water heaters) tend to be more efficient and reliable. Gas appliances are slightly more challenging to install and maintain, but they can have significant benefits in terms of energy usage and user experience. Be sure to keep these do’s and don’ts in mind when planning gas appliance installation.
Gas appliance installation is a job best left to the professionals. This is especially true if you have to convert from electric to gas, as that means you’ll likely have to install a gas line. There are many ways that you could endanger yourself or your family if you try to install gas appliances without knowing what you’re doing. If you make a mistake during installation, you could find yourself with a gas leak, damage to your gas appliances, or even full system damage.
Gas appliance repair is another job best left to professionals. You may feel like it falls within your DIY skill set, especially if it seems like a minor repair, but it likely doesn’t. For starters, gas appliances are highly specialized, so you probably don’t have the tools you would need to complete a repair. Professionals also usually have access to better prices on parts than you’d be able to find on your own. You may do more harm than good to the appliance, especially if you don’t know the proper precautions to take for gas appliance repair. Finally, any DIY repair you try will likely void your appliance warranty, if you have one.
When you have gas appliances, you also have to care for them correctly. This means all the standard stuff, like cleaning them, but it also means being aware and on the lookout for gas leaks. If your knobs are turned slightly, your gas appliances could be leaking gas into your home. Knowing what to do in the event of a gas leak is crucial. If you smell gas (this smell is actually from additives that are included for easier leak detection), open windows and clear your home of family and pets. Once you’re outside, call your utility company.
Be Cautious With Kids
If you have children in your home, be sure to childproof your gas appliances. The combination of curious kids and gas appliances has the potential to be deadly.
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