Gas appliance connectors should be inspected regularly, and replaced as needed. Connectors should always be replaced whenever an appliance is removed from its location or replaced.
Connectors can break easily if moved even slightly and possibly result in a deadly fire or explosion. Avoid moving natural gas appliances — stressing connectors can cause them to crack and leak.
Certain types of flexible connectors manufactured between 1970 and 1980 may fail over time and need to be replaced. These dangerous connectors have not been made for more than 25 years, but we have found that customers still have them on older appliances such as ranges, clothes dryers, water heaters and space heaters.
History has shown that older flexible gas connectors made of uncoated brass weaken or crack over time, and could lead to a dangerous gas leak. Any uncoated brass gas appliance connector should be replaced immediately with a new stainless steel connector.
Customers can make arrangements to replace their old or broken flexible gas connectors for a fee by contacting PSE&G WorryFree or their local plumber. PSE&G WorryFree Appliance Repair Service can be scheduled by calling 1-800-350-7734.