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Question DetailsAsked on 1/14/2014

how much would it cost to replace gas connection to bring it up to code?

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You did not say what the situation is, or where. Category is Water Heater - if that is the case, assuming your meter (usually provided by utility) and the black iron piping is correct (rarely out of code), then your issue is probably old exposed metal or gray PVC coated spiralflex tubing and brass or bronze shutoff valve. Newer flex tubing I have seen is yellow or blue plastic coated depending on pressure, interior plastic lined braided stainless hose, and old bronze shutoff valves are being replaced with corrosion-resistant ball valves. However, while some areas are requiring change from spiralflex to braided, others are goingthe other way, and some are going flex to rigid, some other way, so all depends on local building official's local amendments to building code. I have seen cases where adjacent counties are reversing their code requirements on water heaters to the opposite of what they had, swapping piping requirements with the adjacent county !

Replacement typically about $15-45 parts (dependin on flex ubing length) plus minimum service visit charge - which unfortunately if this is all being done probably about $100-150 labor typically except up to twice in highest cost large cities. IF done as part of a water heater replacement, additional labor cost only if the 5 or less minutes it takes to swap it out makes you go over into another half hour labor increment, in which case total job cost could jump about $50-125 depending on labor rate. If plumber gives you a flat rate on the replacement, this changeout would not noticeably increase labor cost.

If you have an LPG/Propane connection and need to run natural gas, I have no idea on cost without seeing your installation but it can be much more than this simple - depends on your code and whether you have central or at-appliance gas pressure regulation. National code allows stainless, black iron (black steel) and copper for both propane and natural gas depending on pressure, but not all areas allow all types for each gas, so this is where you might get into an issue, as natural gas generally can only be run in rigid stainless or black steel in many jurisdictions - so depends on your local code. Changing pipe type for entire house could easily run $1000 plus if you include runs to fireplace and kitchen, maybe half that if only short, easy run from meter to furance/hot water heater, if you are lucky.

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