Gas Fitting FAQs

  • What size gas line do I need for my BBQ?

    The size of the gas line required for your BBQ will depend on the BTU rating of your BBQ grill and the length of the gas line. As a general rule, a 1/2-inch gas line is sufficient for most BBQs, but if your grill has a high BTU rating or the line is long, you may need a 3/4-inch line.

  • Can I install my own gas line for my BBQ?

    While it is possible to install your own gas line for your BBQ, it is generally recommended that you hire a licensed professional to do the job. Gas line installations can be dangerous and require specialized equipment and knowledge. West Temp will ensure that the installation meets all safety requirements and codes.

  • Do I need a permit to have West Temp install a gas line for my BBQ?

    Permit requirements vary by location, so it is important to check with your local building department. West Temp will ensure to have all permits required before installing your gas line.

  • How deep will you bury the gas line for my BBQ?

    Gas lines should be buried at a depth of at least 18 inches to protect them from damage. However, the exact depth may vary depending on local codes and soil conditions, another good reason to hire a professional for the job.

  • How often should I have my gas line inspected?

    It is recommended that you have your gas line inspected by a licensed professional, such as West Temp, at least once a year to ensure that it is safe and in good condition. Signs that your gas line may need to be inspected sooner include a noticeable decrease in gas pressure or the smell of gas.

  • How do I know if there’s a gas leak in my home? What if I suspect one?

    Signs of a gas leak include a rotten egg smell, hissing sounds, or dead plants. If you suspect a leak, leave the area, don’t use any devices, and call the FortisBC Emergency Line at 1-800-663-9911 (24 hours) or 911.

  • Can I install gas appliances myself, or should I hire a professional gas fitter?

    Gas appliance installation should be done by a licensed professional to ensure safety. DIY installations can be risky and may void warranties.

  • What’s involved in converting my home from electric to gas heating or cooking?

    Converting a home from electric heating or cooking to gas typically includes installing gas lines, gas-powered appliances, and ensuring proper ventilation. A professional like West Temp can guide you through the entire process.

  • Can you provide a cost estimate for your gas fitting services?

    Absolutely! As costs vary based on the scope of the work, we can provide estimates after assessing your specific needs and the complexity of the project. West Temp provides a comprehensive cost estimate, so you have a clear understanding of the financial commitment before agreeing to our services.

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  • Do I need permits for gas installations in my home? Who handles the permitting process?

    Gas permits are typically required to ensure that gas installations comply with safety and building codes.

    A gas homeowner permit is required for many kinds of home alterations. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • installing or replacing all gas appliances such as a furnace, water heater, fireplace, boiler, range or cooktop;

    • installing or replacing gas piping or vent systems; and

    • installing built-in gas barbecues.

    In Nanaimo, gas and electrical permits are issued by Technical Safety BC, and you can learn more about the process via their website.

    The team at West Temp will be able to guide you through the permitting process (including applying for permits on your behalf), so the best thing to do is start by requesting a quote to discuss your specific needs.

  • How long will the installation take? What disruptions should I expect?

    The answer to this question really depends on your specific project. We will provide an estimated timeline for the project and make sure you are well informed about any potential disruptions to your daily routine before work begins and schedule the job accordingly.

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