If you have an older gas appliance, take a moment to check the connectors linking the appliance to the gas line.

Flexible metal connectors, especially those made of uncoated brass, can weaken or crack over time, causing a leak.

If your appliance has a brass connector, whether bare or plastic coated, and is more than 15 years old, it should be replaced. If a replacement is needed, make sure the new connector is stainless steel and certified by an accepted approval agency such as CSA International or International Approval Services.

It’s best to have a qualified professional handle the inspection and replacement. Moving gas appliances to check the connector can cause a weak connector to crack and leak.

It is also required under manufacturer’s guidelines and national standards to replace connectors whenever gas appliances are moved to a new location or new one is installed.