Any uncoated brass gas appliance connector should be replaced immediately with a new stainless steel connector.
Older flexible connectors made of uncoated brass can weaken or crack over time. This could lead to a dangerous and deadly natural gas leak. Although these connectors have not been made for more than 25 years they may still be in use on older appliances. This includes clothes dryers, water heaters, space heaters, stoves, or any other gas appliance.
Do not move your gas appliances to check the connectors yourself. Only a qualified professional should check gas connectors and replace them. Connectors can easily break, even if slightly moved, possibly resulting in a deadly fire or explosion.
- Avoid repeated use of cleaning solutions or insect sprays around appliance connectors. These solutions can cause corrosion.
- Do not allow wiring or other objects to touch the connector.
- Replace connectors whenever an appliance is replaced or moved from its location. Moving a gas appliance can stress the connectors and cause a crack or leak.