Installing natural gas service: New home construction
Grand-4 electronic gas meter: price, advantages and disadvantages
Convenient option for apartments are counters Grand-4. These appliances have a small size round body, made of plastic. The color of the body can be gray, white or even orange, which is often important in creating a certain interior. There is no need to use welding to install this model of meters, which greatly simplifies the installation.
This device is electronic, the set includes:
- block with the designation of numbers;
- The case of different diameters with threaded fittings;
- power supply. battery.
The main advantages of Grand devices can be considered:
Of the disadvantages it is worth allocating a high cost. In comparison with competing products (with gas meters “Betar”) the price is higher in one and a half to two times.
How to move the gas meter
The most common issue with the transfer of the gas meter arises during repairs in the kitchen. Redevelopment, the purchase of a new kitchen, even a simple replacement of the refrigerator or stove. all this can be a reason to transfer the device. In rare cases, a gas service employee may be required to relocate the meter if he finds violations of the placement rules.
In this article, we will tell you how to move the gas meter, where to go, what documents are required and how much it will cost.
Regulatory requirements for the placement of gas meters
Let’s start with the important: according to the Decree of the Government 10, you can not install the gas meter yourself, the installation should perform employees of specialized organizations.
Employees of the gas service themselves can suggest options on where best to place the flow meter, without violating the requirements of SNiP 42-01-2002. An expert will certainly take into account the area of the kitchen, the convenience of reading and servicing the device. That is why most often the gas meter is installed in the most visible place.
The following requirements must be met:
- Prior to installation, be sure to conduct an external inspection, make sure the integrity of the body and the factory seals;
- All work must be carried out with no gas pressure in the gas line, the shut-off valve must be in front of the meter;
- meters shall be installed in a well-ventilated room with natural ventilation and an ambient air temperature of at least 10 °C;
- the flowmeter should be installed on a vertical or horizontal part of the gas pipeline without violating the requirements of SP 42-101-2003
- installation of the meter at a distance from the edge of the household stove or other gas-using equipment less than 400 mm in height and 50 mm in width and depth;
- the device must not be exposed to moisture and direct sunlight;
- when operating the meter, do not allow the meter and the gas line to touch vibrating household appliances (e.g., refrigerator or washing machine);
- If the GAS is installed outdoors, then it should be placed under a shelter or in a special cabinet.
We remind you that these requirements are necessary for the safe operation of gas equipment. Therefore, failure to comply with them will not only result in a fine, but also in danger to your life.
How much does it cost to install a gas meter in 2021
Failure to install. not a hindrance to the sales company to force the placement of the device. It is more reasonable to independently engage specialized organizations to install the meter: this procedure will save unnecessary costs.
In 2021, the cost to equip a household gas supply system can have a significant difference as a result of the influence of many reasons. Actual prices:
- A standard installation process, which does not require changes to the gas line, costs in the range of 3,000 to 5,000. rubles.
- If there is a separate arrangement of consumption devices (column, stove, boiler), the work costs more. 6-10 thousand. rubles.
- Connection involving the relocation of gas appliances or conversion of the system requires a project. and above.
The meter is purchased at the expense of the owner. The price of the device varies significantly: the cost is affected by the brand, manufacturer and additional features. The type of apparatus may affect the final amount of work. It is advisable to agree on a suitable model with the organization performing the installation in advance.
You must avoid firms that offer to install or change meters at a low price, or, conversely, overestimate the cost of work under the threat of fines. You can entrust the process only to proven specialized organizations.
Requirements for installation and operation
Gas meter is a complex equipment, so installation and connection should be carried out in accordance with established requirements. Each device is equipped with a passport. a document reflecting the information about the device, the scheme, the requirements for connection and operating procedures.
You can register the control equipment installed in compliance with rules and regulations:
Attention: Consumers have no right to install meters. Penalty for breaking the seal is from 2 to 15 thousand. rubles. The degree of responsibility is directly related to the following actions. whether the readings were reduced or not.
- After completing the installation, apply to the gas service, with a written request to apply a seal and issue a certificate allowing operation;
- The connection diagram must correspond to the metering device and must be approved by Gazprom experts;
- qualified certified employees may perform the installation work;
- welding can be used when there is no gas;
- when installing on the gas supply pipe, you must first take care of closing the shut-off device;
- In order to reduce to zero the danger of electrostatic voltage, it is necessary to bypass the connection points by means of a flexible insulated wire;
- Only certified metering devices should be connected.
Rules for installing a gas meter states the degree of filtration of the substance passing through the equipment. The gas supplier is obliged to keep the meter at less than 100 microns. The meter can withstand a short-term increase in consumption of 20% and a pressure increase of 10%. The temperature can vary from.20 º to 60 º.
Can be placed either vertically or horizontally. The only requirement is that an employee of the gas supplier can read the meter without problems.
Since the gas flow controller is considered the property of the owner of the apartment, he is obliged to buy it at his own expense, as well as to reimburse the costs of its installation.
Consumer experience shows that the installation of a gas meter can reduce monthly payments for gas by 30-50%. Especially beneficial if more than 4-5 people live in the apartment
- The presence of household appliances and devices for the functioning of which blue fuel is necessary. These include the gas boiler, water heater, gas stove, and boiler;
- Carrying out welding work or the lack of it;
- The length of pipes on which the meter is mounted;
- payment for materials and equipment (hoses, fittings).
At the moment, the connection of the device in the room where there is only a gas stove, on average, costs 3000-5000, but if the apartment is equipped with a gas boiler or other equipment, the price increases by about two times.
Practice shows that the money spent on the purchase of the device and its installation pays for itself within one year. But it is still better to make an initial calculation, especially if the apartment is inhabited by 1-2 people, and of the devices. only the hob.
The cost of installation services
Since the gas flow controller is considered the property of the owner of the apartment, he must buy it at his own expense, as well as reimburse the cost of its installation.
- Availability of household appliances and devices for the functioning of which requires blue fuel. These include a gas boiler, water heater, gas stove, boiler;
- carrying out of welding works or their absence;
- Length of pipes on which the meter is mounted;
- Payment for materials and equipment (hoses, fittings).
At the moment, connection of the device in the room where there is only a gas stove, on average, costs 3000-5000, but if the apartment is equipped with a gas column or other equipment, the price increases by about two times.
Practice shows that the money spent on the purchase of the device and its installation pays for itself within a year. But it is better to make an initial calculation, especially if 1-2 people live in the apartment, and of the appliances only the cooker.
On the need for periodic inspection of the gas meter
Any meter should be periodically checked for defects. This can be a visual inspection by the user. The following detected signs can be considered a malfunction:
- Integrity of the control seals is broken;
- The device does not show the results of the calculation of cubic meters;
- displays readings with a large error;
- There are traces of mechanical damage to the device.
Verification involves removing the meter, conducting diagnostics and issuing a certificate
Having found one of the defects the user must address to the organization responsible for the control of gas supply to the consumer in the shortest possible time and provide elimination of the defect within 30 calendar days.
In addition to the owner, the meter must be checked by employees of the gas organization with which the owner has signed a contract for the maintenance of gas equipment. Regardless of the manufacturer and the cost of the gas meter, the level of improvement, each device has a passport, which spells out the frequency of its verification. It involves removing the meter, conducting diagnostics, and issuing an act allowing or prohibiting further operation of the device.
In addition to verification, the employees of the organization that controls the operation of gas equipment, once every six months are required to check without removing the device. According to its results should be drawn up an act.
Periodic verification of gas meters is carried out to determine the suitability of the meter for reliable gas accounting
The topic of “smart” meters is actively discussed both in government agencies and among users. The advantages of this type of metering devices are obvious:
- There is no need to transfer the readings;
- accuracy of accounting;
- transmission of a fault signal;
- Stimulation of effective gas use by consumers.
The question largely depends on money: at whose expense should meters be installed? To date, such a device can be purchased for 4000-5000. The opinions of owners have also appeared. Most (according to reviews on the Internet about 3/4 of the users) are satisfied with the efficiency of the meters. Those who are dissatisfied with the operation of such devices, complain about their “incorrect” work, i.e. rough accounting.
For “smart” gas meters one should have Wi-Fi connection. Information about the amount of gas used is transmitted to the server using a wireless mobile connection. To control the payment, you need to go to a personal account, trace the movement of funds and read other information.
To work a smart gas meter requires certain conditions. the presence of Wi-Fi
These conditions are present in most apartments that use blue fuel, but not all. Therefore, a total and mandatory replacement of gas meters with “smart” meters is not possible today.
There is another indicator that shows not in favor of these high-precision devices: replacement of the “smart” meter must be done once every 10 years, which is much more often compared to conventional models.
Installing the gas meter
According to the requirements of Art.13 of the Federal Law of 23.11.2009г. 61-FZ “On Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency and on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation” owners of residential buildings, owners of premises in apartment buildings must ensure that such buildings are equipped with individual and common (for communal apartments) metering devices for natural gas used, as well as commissioning the installed metering devices.
Is it compulsory to install gas meters in apartments and houses??
No obligation to install gas meters in apartments where the maximum consumption of natural gas is less than two cubic meters per hour. This exemption is stated in clause 1 of Art.13 of the Federal Law of 23.11.2009г. 61-FZ “On Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency Improvement and on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation”. These include homes and apartments where gas is used for cooking and hot water, ie.е. Only gas stoves or gas stoves and instantaneous water heaters (water heaters) are installed.
But in homes and apartments where gas is used for heating, the installation of a meter of consumed natural gas is mandatory. The law requires you to do so by January 1, 2019.
How much does it cost to install a gas meter?
Before you decide to install a household gas meter, you need to know how much the meter will cost and how soon it will pay for itself.
Note that you will pay not only for the meter itself, but also for its installation. To avoid trouble and even danger, you can entrust the installation of the gas meter only to professionals, that is, workers with special training and skills of work. As the most acceptable performers for the installation of the meter are employees of specialized organizations that service gas networks and gas equipment.
Installation of the gas meter in our organization will cost 4100 (the price is valid at the time of publication) not including the cost of the meter. This is provided that no additional work on the rewiring of the gas line or relocation of gas appliances is needed.
complex installation associated with the transfer or replacement of internal or external gas pipelines is more expensive and requires a preliminary development of the project. The cost of this work is determined individually after the examination of the house or apartment and the preparation of estimates for the expected work, which is provided to the customer for approval.
In addition, it is possible and sometimes necessary to install the gas meter in the street (outside the heated room). To install the gas meter on the street use devices with built-in thermal corrector. Installing the gas meter outside is considered by many to be a much more convenient option for many reasons: there is no risk of damaging wallpaper and furniture during welding work, and you do not have to think about how to fit the device into the interior. Some owners of private homes want to install a gas meter outdoors, motivated by not wanting to let strangers into the house to take readings. But in this case you will have to pay extra costs, because.к. Gas meter with a thermal corrector is more expensive than usual, and for its installation will require buying an additional protective device.
Pros and cons of installing a gas meter.
Compliance with the requirements of current legislation in the field of energy conservation. The advantage may seem very doubtful, especially since there is currently no penalty for non-compliance with this law. But how it will go in the future and what will happen in a year, for example?
Payment for the actual volume of gas consumed. It should be noted that the use of the gas meter, albeit indirectly, makes the consumer more rational use of gas, which leads to savings and, as a result, a lower monthly payment.
The presence of the seasonal factor. In summer, early fall and late spring in our climate heating is not used to the full extent, which makes it possible to significantly reduce payments during these periods. It is also important during the vacation season, when people are away from home for a long period. In this case, there is no need to pay for the gas not actually consumed at an average tariff, and there is no need to contact the gas supplier to conduct recalculation of the cost of the tariff for the period of absence.
The need for the owner to monitor the periodic verification of the gas meter. Gas meters produced today have a longer time between checks, which for some models is up to 15 years.
The decision is made. What’s next?
According to information available to Gazprom gazoraspredelenie Astrakhan JSC, there are over 5 thousand houses and apartments that are heated by natural gas and, contrary to legal requirements, are still not equipped with meters in Astrakhan and the Astrakhan Region. Mostly it is a private residential development in Astrakhan.
Now our company offers special conditions for these residents. the procedure is much simpler.
What you need to do to install a gas meter in your home.
To make an application for a gas meter installation to “Gazprom gazoraspredelenie Astrakhan” at the following address.Astrakhan, ul.Akhsharumova v.76, tel. (8512) 50-02-35, fax (8512) 35-15-03, 49-82-00 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. After receiving the application, a specialist from our organization will contact you shortly to arrange the time of his visit for consultation on site.
On the agreed day, wait for a specialist who will assess the technical feasibility of installing a meter.
The final step is to install the gas meter. The contract will be signed on-site. There are several payment options. Employees of “Gazprom gazoraspredelenie Astrakhan” immediately seal the device; they also give information on its installation to the gas supplier.
That is, you do not need to go anywhere, just call and specialists will come and do everything.