How Much Does it Cost to Install a Gas Line in Edmonton?
It’s no secret that so many appliances we depend on everyday rely on natural gas. In Edmonton, some of the most common gas-powered appliances include BBQs, kitchen stoves, fireplaces, garage heaters, deck heaters, fire tables, and clothing dryers.
However, what is a mystery is how much it costs to install a gas line in Edmonton and how this price tag is formed. While it is difficult to lay out a precise pricing formula given the number of contributing factors, in this article we hope to give you – the end consumer – a clearer understanding of what to expect and consider; similar to what we strived for in our guide to furnace repair costs in Edmonton.
The average cost to install a gas line in Edmonton
Based on our experience, we have found the cost to install a gas line in a Edmonton residence ranges from about $500.00 – $1,500.00.
For an accurate quote, it is necessary for an on-site inspection (which we provide for free). Below are 8 factors that we will consider when determining the scope of the project and final cost.
1. Gas Supply Capacity
One of the first things we do when we arrive on site to conduct our free estimation is to determine if the existing system has the capacity to install the new gas appliance. It is possible that the meter does not have the capacity, in which case the gas company will be more than glad to install a larger meter free of charge as they will be selling more gas.
2. Length of Gas Line
JW Brian Mechanical has installed hundreds of gas lines ranging in length from a mere foot to hundreds of feet in a commercial application.
The length of the gas line affects not only the time involved for the installation but the size of pipe necessary to deliver the correct amount of gas to the appliance as the further away you get from the source of gas to the appliance, the larger the pipe needs to be due to friction loss.
Another factor to consider is the fact that a gas line less than 20 feet does not require a pressure test, only what is called a service test, basically checking the joints with soapy water. No bubbles, no troubles! Over 20 feet, there is to be a pressure test witnessed by the city inspector, and a return trip to tie the gas line into the supply, obviously a more time consuming situation. For more information on this subject, be sure to read the City of Edmonton’s detailed overview on Residential Gas Permits.
3. Number of Offsets
It is one thing to hang a piece of pipe that is 20 feet long into a couple of hangers in your basement ceiling, now cut that same piece 6 times, thread each piece, add fittings and additional hangers and one can see clearly how that same 20 feet of pipe has now taken you 3 times as long to install.
The number of offsets has a huge bearing on a final quote.
In other words, how accessible is the area where the gas line is to be installed? Are we running the gas line through difficult surroundings, like under a deck, in a crawl space, through an attic, or is it 50 feet in the air, requiring a man lift?. These are all accessibility factors that go into pricing a gas line installation.
Similar to accessibility, location also plays a role in gas line installation and the total cost. What we are taking into consideration here is will the gas line will be located:
- Through the house
- Outside of the house
- Or a combination of the above
6. Size of Pipe
Pipe size is determined by distance and the amount of BTU required. It goes without saying that the larger the pipe, the more expensive it will be.
JW Brian Mechanical always over sizes for the addition of future gas appliances.
For example, we run a gas line to your deck for a barbecue. We will ensure you can add a deck heater or elegant fire table down the road by installing a larger gas line which really only costs a few extra dollars and saves you having to run a new line in the future.
7. Type of Pipe
There are several types of pipe that can be used to transmit gas, each one impacting the final cost differently. We’ve listed the four main types below that you will find in Edmonton, from most expensive to least expensive:
- Gas Tight (most expensive)
- Plastic (least expensive)
8. Permit and Inspection
A common question we receive is whether one needs a permit. In all cases, the answer is a simple: yes! Any alteration or addition to a gas system, unless downstream of an appliance shut off, requires a permit and inspection. JW Brian Mechanical will provide the permit and arranges the inspection on any work we contract.