Gas Fireplace Projects
Wammoth Services offers full range of services to convert your wood burning fireplace to a gas fireplace as well as gas fireplace replacements. We are happy to assist you on your journey for your new gas fireplace.
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Submit Project Request Form
Your first step towards a new gas fireplace would be to submit our PROJECT REQUEST form online. Provide details and photos of the fireplace area. We will schedule a phone call review with you regarding your project prior to scheduling the in-home estimate appointment.
In-Home Estimate Appointment
A sales representative will not visit your home for your estimate appointment. Instead, our qualified and licensed master gas fitter will personally provide the estimation services. He will review the site, take measurements, discuss various fireplace options and if required, he will perform an interior scan of your chimney. The fee for this appointment is credited to your project.
Upon approval/acceptance of the estimate, Wammoth Services will provide the contractractual agreement for signature, invoice for required deposit and any other documents or requests required for your project. Order placement and tentative scheduling will occur once the signed contract and deposit payment has been received. Any additional requirements such as upgrading the current gas meter upgrade, chimney repairs, and/or other concerns will need to be addressed and resolved prior to installation.
Scheduling and Installation
Wammoth Services will coordinate a number of various appointments such as electrical outlet installation, removal of existing fireplace components, gas line installation as well as the installation of the new gas fireplace. There may be appointments required to be requested and coordinated by the homeowner such as a gas meter upgrade. Wammoth Services will provide guidance and support during this process.
Installation Day is exciting for all involved.
Usually installation takes one day, but certain projects may require more than a day. Inclement weather may pose unforeseen delays.
After your project has been completed and you are cozy and warm next to your brand new gas fireplace, your county inspection will be scheduled to finalize/close the county gas permit.
Selecting the right company for your gas fireplace project
A new gas fireplace is a considerable financial investment. Projects vary in price - anywhere between $2,500 - $10,000+. We strongly recommend you research and vet any professional that is hired for their project. A legitimate company should have no issue providing the following documentation/information upon request:
- Certificate of Insurance (Liability)
- Workman’s Comp Insurance
- County Business License
- State Contractor’s License Number
Check the company’s reviews on various online resources and ask the company for testimonials from previous/existing customers. Also, obtain estimates from different companies. Not only is this a financial investment, you are putting fire in your home. Cutting corners to save a few dollars can be catastrophic.
Some things to consider:
- New or replacement gas appliances require a permit through your county/city.
- It is recommended that the contractor apply for the permit. If you are asked to pull any required permits for your project as the homeowner – you should question your contractor why they are not pulling the permit. If your contractor is qualified and licensed – there is no reason why they cannot obtain the necessary permits.
- Most counties/cities require a vent/chimney certification (based on a chimney inspection performed by a licensed professional) when pulling the required gas permit for a new or replacement gas fireplace.
- Ensure your contractor is licensed and has the appropriate qualifications to obtain the necessary permits. Visit dpor.virginia.gov to verify the license status of the contractor.
- Ask if the contractor will be performing the work themselves or if they sub-contract the work to another company. If they are subcontracting the work – ask for the subcontractor’s information.
- Most gas fireplace manufacturers recommend installation by a certified technician through the National Fireplace Institute. You can verify if your technician is certified by visiting nficertified.org
When adding a new gas appliance to your home – ensure your current gas meter can provide enough gas supply for all your gas appliances. A qualified professional will complete a gas load to determine you have enough gas supply to add a new gas appliance. In some cases, you will need to contact your local gas utility to upgrade your gas meter to allow for additional gas appliances.
Pay attention to clearance to combustibles. Surrounds and mantel must meet NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) guidelines or residential building code. Failure to follow these codes/guidelines can result in a fire hazard.
Verify the technician who is installing your gas fireplace is qualified to install your new gas fireplace. Ask them to provide you with their qualifications before the installation.
Online purchase of gas fireplaces may seem cost effective. Most qualified professionals are not likely to install a fireplace that was purchased online.
Installing a gas line for “future use” is not advisable. You may think a contractor is providing you an additional benefit by providing a gas line that may be used for a future gas appliance. Remember – in order for a new gas line to be approved by the county – it must be connected to the gas appliance and the gas appliance is operating as intended.
Your county or city can answer your questions when you need a permit.
Fairfax County - video "when you need a permit."
Fairfax County - when is a permit required?
Prince William County - do I need a permit?