How Much Does It Cost to Fit a Gas Line?
You’ll need a new gas line if you’re adding a new appliance to your property, such as a stove or furnace.
Understandably, homeowners who are fitting a gas line on a new home build, renovation, or repair for an old line will want to save money where they can.
The cost to fit a case line varies, and you can expect to pay anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a couple thousand.
So what accounts for such a wide variance? And what makes fitting this job so expensive in the first place?
We’ll break down the costs below, discussing several factors, such as the size of the job, permits required, pipes used, and the complexity of the installation.
Gas Line Installation Costs
On average, homeowners can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $3,000 depending on the number of appliances involved and the distance from the gas supply.
You might be thinking you could save some money by attempting to install a line yourself. However, it’s always best to hire a licensed contractor to install your properties’ gas lines.
The risks associated with connecting gas to a home are serious, ranging from toxic exposure to explosions and fatalities. It’s why you need to make sure you hire an experienced plumber.
Below, you can find a breakdown of each item and service that goes into calculating your overall project cost.
Gas Line Labor Costs
Most contractors charge a labor cost of $3 to $11 per linear foot. The price depends mainly on the complexity of the job and the type of pipes used.
That’s not to mention the hourly labor costs, which depend on the installer’s pay grade. A master plumber may charge anywhere from $45 to $200 per hour.
Material Costs for Gas Pipe Installation
As for materials, you need to consider piping, fittings, connectors, and mounting hardware. The price will depend on the type of gas line fitting, diameter, and location.
On average, the materials for installing gas lines cost around $1 to $10 per linear foot. You’ll have several materials to choose from, the most common being:
- Corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST). Up to $4 per linear foot.
- Galvanized steel. Up to $10 per linear foot.
- Black iron. Around $5 per linear foot.
- High-density polyethylene (HDPE). Up to $1 per linear foot.
- Polyviny chloride (PVC). Up to $2 per linear foot.
- Copper. Up to $3 per linear foot.
Corrugated stainless steel tubing, galvanized steel, and black iron are the most prevalent and recommended for gas pipes. However, HDPE, PVC, and copper work well for a limited time (hence the lower price).
Your contractor will be able to tell you which material is best for your home.
Underground Gas Line Installation Cost Per Foot
Expect to pay anywhere from $10 to $25 per foot. Ensure that this will include trenching, shaping, labor, backfill, and materials with the contractor. Most of the time, they will.
Note: You might be looking at costs as high as $75 per foot for very complicated installations.
Gas Line From Street to House Installation Cost
Homeowners can expect to pay anywhere from zero dollars to $2,000 to get a natural gas line from the street to their house.
On average, the cost per linear foot is $12 to $25. However, you’ll be pleased to know that some companies offer free installation depending on the distance from the house to the main supply.
Always ask the contractor about potential fees associated with this type of installation. Inquire about new account fees, callout fees, permits, extensions, and final inspection fees.
Cost of Connecting to a Gas Main
Several variables are associated with gas main installations, like application, inspection, and connection fees. They typically cost anywhere from $200 to $300.
Gas Meter Installation Cost
Residential gas meter installation costs range anywhere from $200 to $300. You can expect labor to add on an extra $100 to $300. And then, sometimes you won’t have to pay anything since gas companies own and install lines up to your home.
Gas Shut-Off Valve Installation Cost
This service varies in price depending on the supplier you work with and whether you live in an earthquake zone. You can expect around:
- $50 to $140 per appliance
- $15 to $50 per valve
- $40 to $150 per hour labor cost
If you live in an earthquake zone, expect higher prices averaging around $200 to $600 per appliance and $100 to $300 per hour labor cost.
Gas Line Installation Cost by Appliance
Installation services range in cost depending on the appliance. Let’s look at what you can expect to pay for the following gas line appliance installations.
Expect to pay at least $100 to install a line for your brand new stove. On average, installation of this appliance is $15 to $25 per linear foot.
Pricing will vary depending on how much piping is necessary per linear foot and how deep the line needs to go. Also, keep in mind the complexity of the project and your current local economy.
If you want to convert your electric stove to a gas stove, you can expect to pay around $400 for an existing gas line. Making this switch means using less energy. Gas burners need less time to heat and cool. They also cook food more evenly.
Same as the stove, you want to set aside a minimum of $100 for this installation. Consider the cost per linear foot and the complexity of the installation. Typically, these installations run anywhere from $100 to $600.
If you’re looking to install a natural gas line for a fire pit in your yard, you could pay anywhere from $300 to $1,400.
If you’re switching from an electric water heater to a gas one, you can expect installation costs of $600 to $1,800. A simple water heater gas line installation may cost you around $200.
You’ll also want to set money aside for extra costs like inspection fees and permits, ranging anywhere from $50 to $300.
Installing a gas line for a dryer will set you back a couple of hundred dollars. Consider whether the installer will need to dig lines in difficult-to-reach spaces or install the line indoors or outdoors.
Gas dryers are more cost-effective when compared to electric ones. The downfall is that the initial cost is often higher but includes the cost of the dryer itself.
Frequently Asked Questions
Still have questions? Here are some of the most commonly asked.
How Much Does It Cost to Add Gas to a House?
The average price for adding or converting a house to natural gas can range from $1,200 to $3,500. Repairs cost anywhere from $6 to $7 per linear foot, and labor runs from $40 to $150 an hour for repairs or installation.
The cost depends on several factors, among them:
- The length of the new line
- The number of appliances you want to connect to the line
- The piping material used
- The location of the new line
- The company installing the line
Who Installs Gas Lines?
Specialty plumbers, sometimes referred to as natural gas line specialists, install gas lines.
Keep in mind that installing gas lines is a dangerous job that requires years of experience and knowledge. To be on the safe side, always make sure you’re hiring a trustworthy professional. Look at previous customer reviews, Better Business Bureau ratings, and qualifications.
Do I Need a Permit to Fit a Gas Line?
Yes, you’ll need a permit for this type of work. The cost varies based on the location and length of the line. However, you can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $200. The plumber will be able to walk you through which permits are necessary for your state. They’ll also explain the process of obtaining such a permit and, many times, may acquire it themselves.
Do Plumbers Install Gas Lines?
Yes, specialty plumbers do more than just work on water lines and fixtures. They know the ins and outs of installing new lines for appliances. They go through specialized training to work on gas appliances both indoors and outdoors.
Can I Install a Gas Line Myself?
You may feel tempted to save yourself money and do it yourself. We’re here to tell you: DON’T do it.
You’re dealing with highly flammable gases that require specific materials and procedures. You need to calibrate these systems to the right BTU and flow level. Any mistake can lead to a leak and negatively affect your home’s piping. It can lead to severe destruction, but you’re endangering those living in the household.
You should steer clear of installing these lines yourself if you aren’t 100% aware of building codes and safety requirements. Also, you must obtain the proper permit. So, don’t cause yourself any unnecessary trouble and hire a specialty plumber when it comes to these jobs.
A new gas line installation can cost as little as $300 to as much as $3,000. The final amount depends on the complexity of your situation, pipe material used, location, and the labor costs of the contractor you hire.
When it comes to gas line installation, it’s best to leave this type of work in the hands of professionals. Attempting to repair or install a gas line yourself can lead to devastating consequences like dangerous gas leaks.
If you’re fitting a new line because a previous one burst and led to water or fire damage, call the experts at All Dry USA. We are your helping hand for fire, smoke, water, and mold restoration.