How Much Does a Gas Leak Repair Cost in NY?
June 04, 2021
The cost to repair a gas leak in New York can vary quite a bit depending on several factors, such as:
- Extent/accessibility of the leak
- If a gas appliance needs to be repaired or replaced
- Needed permits/inspections
- The plumber you hire
The best way to get an accurate estimate of the cost to repair a gas leak in New York is to get a quote from a licensed plumber. However, to help you plan and budget for the repair expense, let’s take a closer look at each of the factors listed above and the process to restore your gas service.
NOTE: If you think you have a gas leak in your home, you should leave and call your utility provider or 911 as soon as possible. Not sure if you have a gas leak? Read this blog for common signs and symptoms.
If you need a gas line repaired, contact Ranshaw. Our licensed professionals can safely diagnose the issue and provide the proper repairs necessary. With more than 60 years of experience, you can trust our experts to provide 5-star service on all gas leak repairs.
Cost Factor #1: Extent/accessibility of the leak
If the gas leak requires more expertise and labor to repair, the cost to fix the leak will be higher.
The most apparent cost factor for a gas leak repair is the time and material required to fix the leak. Depending on the gas leak’s location and how difficult it is to access, it may take a plumber a significant amount of time to test, locate and repair the leak. The repair time significantly increases if the discovered leak's location is more difficult to access (e.g., behind a wall or underground).
While some gas leaks are straightforward (i.e., after an appliance valve), a more complex repair that requires digging and/or replacing long sections of gas piping will cost more. Also, if the utility company turned off your gas, this will be a more expensive repair versus a gas leak localized and impacting only a particular appliance.
Cost Factor #2: If a gas appliance needs to be repaired or replaced
Depending on the cause of the gas leak, you may also need to repair a gas appliance or replace it entirely, which can cost anywhere from $350 to $6,500+.
While faulty or broken gas lines can create a leak, faulty or incorrectly installed gas appliances are more common causes of gas leaks. Old, broken appliances are typical culprits but even brand new ones can cause gas leaks if installed without professional assistance.
If a leak is isolated to an appliance gas line, it’s usually on the lower end in terms of gas leak repair costs. However, if a faulty appliance (such as a gas furnace or a gas water heater) is responsible for the leak, you may need to replace the appliance itself, which can cost several thousand dollars.
Cost Factor #3: Filing permits/inspections
Any work performed on gas lines in NYC requires permits to be filed by a licensed NYC master plumber.
Aside from labor and materials, permits and inspections are an additional cost factor when repairing a gas leak. There are multiple steps required here, including the licensed master plumber coordinating with both the building department (NYC DOB) and the utility company.
The first step is filing the work permit to perform the repairs. After making the repairs, a gas pressure test must be performed in the presence of a DOB inspector. Lastly, a gas test must be performed with the utility company present. The licensed master plumber coordinates all of this and is present at each inspection.
Cost Factor #4: The plumber you hire
A more experienced plumber will charge more to repair a gas leak.
Rates for plumbers vary, but if a contractor is charging well below the average rate, it’s likely a red flag that they won’t provide the best quality work. Although it might be tempting to go with the lowest rate, you get what you pay for.
Experienced plumbers will charge a higher rate, but they’ll also provide higher-quality work and make sure the job is done right the first time around—especially with something as urgent as a gas leak repair. When looking for a plumber, it’s best to search for ones that:
Process for restoring gas service
If you have a gas leak, the first thing your utility provider or the authorities will do is shut off your gas supply. Contact Ranshaw, and our gas service experts will come to your home to locate and assess the leak.
Before we do any repairs, we’ll provide you with an upfront proposal and clear, no-nonsense pricing for the work necessary to correctly and safely restore your gas service. After the proposal is approved, we’ll get started immediately. We’ll handle all the required work requests and permits needed to get the job done right.
Depending on the complexity and severity of the gas leak, the timeline for restoring your gas service can change. We’ll stick with you through the entire process and ensure that your gas service is restored as quickly as possible.
Need a gas service expert to repair a gas leak? Contact Ranshaw.
At Ranshaw, we have decades of experience servicing gas lines, and our licensed master gas plumbers get the job done right the first time around. If you’ve already contacted your utility company and you’re ready to hire a licensed plumber, we can provide hassle-free and reliable gas leak repair service to restore your gas service ASAP.
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