Gas Line Installation: If You’re Switching to Gas, Trust Our Master Gas Fitters for the Job
Whether you’re looking to add a new gas fireplace to your home, convert your current fireplace to gas with a gas insert, or add a set of gas logs to your hearth, you’ll find that today’s appliances are attractive, efficient, and incredibly easy to use.
Gone are the days of limited, bulky options – you’ll find an almost endless number of choices, from modern see-thru fireplaces to classic gas stove-style inserts. You can even customize your media, so if traditional-looking logs don’t fit your aesthetic, that’s no problem. Opt for driftwood, white birch, or even colored glass. The end result is totally up to you.
There’s just one big hiccup in many homeowners’ plans to have a new gas system installed – they don’t have a gas line. If you live in the Northern VA area, Winston’s Chimney Service can tackle any and all of your gas line installation needs. Call today to get started.
No Gas Line? No Problem
If you don’t have a gas line in your home, the good news is that they can be installed – so don’t say goodbye to your dreams of a gas fireplace just yet. That said, this is an intricate job, and it’s one that requires advanced knowledge of how all the parts works, as well as precision and patience. Because of this, we’ll always recommend hiring a gas contractor who has all of the appropriate training completed, as well as proper licensing and certifications – like the crew here at Winston’s Chimney Service.
This will ensure safety and accuracy throughout the entire service.
Here at Winston’s, we love being a part of homeowners’ journeys and seeing the excitement in their eyes when they see their new fireplace, insert, or gas logs for the first time. Our goal is to make the process simple and stress-free.
We have a Master Gas Fitter on staff who can:
- plan the layout for your gas system
- install and repair natural gas piping, fittings, valves, and tanks
- install and repair gas appliances
How does a sweep become a Master Gas Fitter?
A lot of hands-on training and studying goes into becoming a Master Gas Fitter, and multiple exams must be passed to demonstrate the individual’s knowledge of necessary safety and regulatory procedures and practices among other things. So you can be confident that when you trust the job to us. Everything will be done properly, safely, and to code.
Why Hire a Pro for Gas Line Installs?
Installing or replacing a gas line without the right experience can be dangerous, resulting in health hazards and expensive damages. Your risk of carbon monoxide exposure will increase, your system is bound to function less efficiently, and you could experience a breakdown shortly after putting everything to use.
Qualified professionals have access to unique tools and techniques, ensuring you get the most accurate installation possible, all while minimizing any disruptions in your home or business throughout the process.
Why Make the Switch to Gas?
So, if you don’t have a gas line, it may seem like switching to gas is more of a hassle than it’s worth. We’re here to assure you that this isn’t the case. In fact, there are lots of great reasons homeowners might switch to a gas fireplace, stove, or insert. And when you trust our pros throughout the process, we’re able to make the transition smooth, streamlined, and stress-free.
What are the advantages of owning a gas-fueled appliance?
- …are convenient and easy to use. Just flip a switch or push a button (depending on the type you’ve invested in), and you’ve got a fire. And extinguishing flames when the evening is over is just as easy. Gas systems also don’t require storing/hauling firewood either – another huge plus.
- …don’t require a lot of cleanup or maintenance. Wood-burning fireplaces are known for producing ash and soot, both of which require regular cleaning out. This makes them a more high- maintenance option. Gas systems don’t require any of this – there’s also no smelly creosote buildup to deal with either.
- …tend to be more energy efficient than wood-burning options. Wood systems can be hard to control, and they lose a lot of heat up the chimney too. Gas provides consistent heat output and won’t send most of it away up the flue. In addition, most modern models have high-efficiency ratings.
- …are typically considered safer than wood-burning fireplaces. Gas systems have glass doors in place, meaning there will be no risk of sparks, embers, or flying debris coming out and causing burns or accidental fires. In addition, gas fireplaces typically have built-in safety features, such as automatic shut-off sensors and temperature controls.
- …offer flexible installation options. Gas systems can be placed in various areas of your home, including living rooms, bedrooms, and sometimes even bathrooms. They can also be vented either through an existing chimney or directly through a wall.
- …are clean-burning and produce fewer emissions than wood options. Gas doesn’t release harmful particulate matter into the air like wood does. This means better indoor air quality for those in the home and less pollutants going outdoors. If you’re worried about your carbon footprint, opting for a gas fireplace can be an environmentally conscious choice.
- …come in a wide range of styles and designs. No worries about your new system taking away from the pleasant aesthetics of your living space. Many feature realistic-looking logs, offer customizable flame options, and can provide a cozy ambiance and focal point in any room.
- …can provide long-term cost savings. While the up-front cost of a gas fireplace may be higher than a wood-burning one, gas fuel is generally more affordable than wood – and you can potentially save on chimney maintenance and firewood expenses over time. Additionally, gas fireplaces can contribute to overall energy efficiency, helping to reduce heating bills.
What Professionals Are Certified & Licensed to Install a Gas Line?
Many homeowners wonder about installation jobs like these. Are they really ones they need to hire a pro for? Or can they get it done themselves?
Here’s the thing – installing a gas line requires skill, precision, and expertise. Attention to detail is important, and even a small mishap or minor miscalculation could lead to inefficiency down the line or invite potential hazards into your home. Because of this, hiring a professional who is certified and licensed to perform the job is a must.
In addition, many states require that any natural gas service or repair project is performed by a certified professional with specialized training. That said, there are multiple trades who can take on the job. An experienced plumbing contractor, for example, should have the necessary certifications and licensing for getting the job done. In addition, some turn to their local technician, National Fireplace Institute (NFI)–certified chimney technician, or electrician.
Always check the credentials of any professional you plan on hiring to tackle the job. If you choose Winston’s Chimney Service for your gas line installation or repair project, we will provide you with proof of our licensing and relevant certifications.
So, why hire us? Because when it comes to fireplace installation, why call around to multiple companies when you can trust one experienced and reputable team for the job? We’d love to be there for you from start to finish.
Can I connect a gas line myself?
Like we said, connecting a gas line when you don’t know what you’re doing has the potential to be extremely dangerous. This is why we highly recommend hiring someone trained and certified to get it done right.
So, no – unless you are formally trained in gas line installation, attaching and disconnecting the fittings should not be attempted on your own. There’s always the possibility of a gas leak occurring or of carbon monoxide entering your home and triggering illness. It’s not worth the risk, especially when our techs are just a phone call away.
When it comes to gas lines, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you live in the Northern VA area, give Winston’s a call to get it done correctly.
How Much Does It Cost to Run a Gas Line to a Fire Pit?
Adding a gas-fueled fire pit to your outdoor space? Sounds like a perfect way to kick off the spring and summer months.
Before diving in, though, think of the cost involved with running a gas line. We’d love to give you a clearcut answer on what to expect, but things like the length of the run, whether existing lines need to be tapped into, and what kind of pipe is used will all affect your final price point – and all of this will play into how doable this will be for your household, budget, and setup.
That said, if you reach out to our techs, we can run through it all and see where you might stand. In the end, we’ll always recommend consulting an experienced gas technician who can better estimate any costs and potential risks involved before undertaking this type of project. At Winston’s, our knowledge and experience will ensure that your gas lines are properly installed and functioning to keep your fire roaring safely.
How Much Does It Cost to Install a Gas Line for a Fireplace?
So, you’ve decided that gas would be the best fit for your home, but… will the cost of a new gas line installation work with your budget? Unfortunately, it’s hard for us to give out prices right up front, as the cost to install a gas line can vary greatly based on a few different factors – like the size and access of the pipeline, or whether permits or new piping are required.
And, depending on where you live, the cost of permits may be included in your total price or could be an added expense.
To get the best answer, seek out a certified gas technician at Winston’s Chimney Service to get a professional quote. We’ll take into account factors such as whether it’s an indoor or outdoor installation that is required and how far the distance is between the shut-off valve and the firebox itself. All in all, it pays to hire the best when dealing with gas fireplaces so the gas line is run correctly for your home fireplace needs.
Can I Run a Flexible Gas Line Right to My Fireplace?
Yes, it is possible to run a flexible gas line right to your fireplace – just be sure you’re understanding any and all of the potential risks associated with doing so. Like we’ve stated above, working with gas poses serious safety hazards, like carbon monoxide leaks, and any new line installs should only be attempted by an experienced and certified gas line installer.
The flex gas line must also be installed according to all local codes and guidelines in order to ensure safer operation of the appliance. Taking adequate precautions when running a flexible gas line can save you from potentially catastrophic fire or explosion risks from a malfunctioning appliance. Don’t take any chances – trust Winston’s experts from the start.
How Do I Find Gas Line Installers Near Me?
If you are looking to have a gas line installed in your home, a quick internet search can help you find local companies near you that provide this service. Start by looking for reviews of the various companies, paying attention to any customer feedback and ratings given on their services.
Also, note what they are most known for. If they are a certified chimney company, then you know they are very qualified when it comes to all gas fireplaces, stoves, inserts, and fire pits.
Compare several options so that you can be sure to make an informed decision that works best for you. You can also ask friends or neighbors for referrals, as word-of-mouth is often the best way to get reliable recommendations for a company and its services.
Take the Easy, Stress-Free Route – Leave Gas Line Installation to Winston’s
If you’re switching your wood-burning fireplace to something gas-powered, or if you’re adding a gas fireplace, insert, or log set to a space, take the easy and stress-free route by leaving the job to Winston’s Chimney Service.
We can take care of your gas line installation and get your new appliance installed for you quickly, so you can start enjoying your home to the fullest. To request an appointment or speak with someone about your gas line needs, call us today. We’re happy to help!