Signs That It's Time To Replace Your Barbecue's Gas Hose

Posted on: 26 November 2019

If you have a gas barbecue at your current home but are getting ready to move into a new house, finding out that it has a gas hook-up on the patio will come as welcome news. This means that the installation of your gas barbecue will be easy — most likely, as simple as connecting the current hose on the barbecue to the hook-up sticking out of the wall of your new home. One thing that could potentially be a challenge, either at the time of the hook-up or sometime in the near future, is a gas hose that is in poor condition. Here are some signs that it's time to replace your gas hose.

Corroded Brass

Gas barbecue hoses typically have brass fittings at each end. When you move, you'll undo the fitting from your current home's hook-up so that you can eventually connect the hose to the hook-up at your new residence. Take a look at the condition of the brass fittings before you attempt to install the barbecue. If the brass is corroded, the fitting will be stiff — and it may be difficult for you to get the hose firmly connected to the hook-up. In this scenario, your best bet will be to discard the hose and use a new one.

Cracked Rubber

The rubber in your barbecue's gas hose can fail over time — often due to a combination of age and exposure to the sunlight, which can weaken the rubber. Before you use the hose, you should bend it back and forth in your hands. You want it to feel and look soft. If you notice any small cracks in the rubber's surface, it's time to replace the hose. These cracks will only increase in size over time and could eventually lead to a failure of the hose.

Inadequate Length

When you start to look at connecting your gas barbecue to the hook-up at your new residence, you'll want to assess whether your hose is of a suitable length. Depending on the size and style of your barbecue, you might not be able to position it immediately adjacent to the hook-up. If you have a short gas hose, this could mean that the hose isn't long enough to connect the barbecue to the hook-up. Instead of positioning your barbecue in an awkward position, or perhaps stretching the hose to the point that you compromise its integrity, replace it before you complete the installation.

For help with a gas barbecue installation, contact a company like Thompson's Gas Inc.