Having a gas stove is a unique advantage for any home. your gas stove can continue to cook during power outages and your cooking costs are independent of household electricity. There are millions of homes across the country that have gas hookups for a gas stove. in fact, many have electric stoves with a hidden gas connection, in case a future owner wants to switch. you can even install gas if you want to add gas to a new or renovated home.
Installing a gas stove is not complicated, but it is something that must be done with care. Gas leaks are dangerous, they create a risk of both air poisoning and explosion in the home if the connections are not airtight. this means good plumbing practices. You will need pipe joint tape and be familiar with its use on a gas connection. We’ll explain every step along the way.
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gather your supplies
always start a repair by gathering your supplies. this ensures that you are ready to complete the process from start to finish once you start. For this repair, you will need some basic gas pipe tools.
- teflon pipe joint tape
- flexible corrugated gas cooker connector
- gas leak detector
- spirit level
buy a gas stove connector
It is important that you purchase a new gas line connector instead of using an old one from your old range. this ensures the quality and safety of the gas connection. make sure your connector is marked for “ranges” as this is the type that connects a gas line to a gas stove. Also check the correct connector width and configuration for your stove.
turn off the gas
Before working on the gas line, make sure the gas is turned off. you can close it locally on the valve when the handle is perpendicular to the line. If you are uninstalling an old range or preparing an old line for connection, make sure the line and shutoff are closed. if you don’t already have a lock installed, you can easily add one online with your installation.
Look at your gas line. if the handle is already at a right angle to the line, then it is already closed. do not open it if the handle is online, it is open. close it and look for nearby valves to close as well. Often, there is a wall valve and an emergency valve installed in the line. lock them both for absolute security.
remove old connector
With the valve closed, it’s safe to remove the old connector, along with any cooktops it may be attached to. you can throw away that connector or recycle it, as all future connections will be with a new part. consider grabbing your wrench and possibly a pair of work gloves for the task.
unscrew both ends of your old connector. this may require the wrench or the use of two wrenches to loosen the threads. When both ends are free, remove the old connector and set it aside for your preferred removal method.
Complete this step by cleaning any old tape from the shutoff valve or gas line connection to the house. If the old teflon tape does not come off easily, you may need a wire brush and a damp cloth to remove the tape from the existing gas line connection.
place the gas stove at a maintenance distance
get your new gas stove and put it within maintenance distance. in other words, the distance it will have when it is pulled out from the wall whenever you need to service behind it with the back panels. this is the length you need to stretch your gas line plus the length of the connector when installed. otherwise, you will need to disconnect the gas line each time the range needs maintenance.
prepare gas connection with pipe joint tape
you can’t just screw the pieces together, they won’t seal well enough to hold the gas securely. for this, you need a special tape between the threads. this is known as pipe joint tape. It is made of Teflon and the yellow color is the most common for this purpose. wrap a layer of tape around the internal threads of the fitting. make sure they wrap tightly all the way around, and pull the tape a little tighter as you wrap.
Apply pipe joint tape to both the male ends, the gas line and the connector, as the connector has to secure two different gas connections.
install the new gas line connection
now connect the new gas stove connector at both ends. Carefully tighten the gas line connections at the male and female ends. twist the tips so that the connections are threaded. then use your wrench to tighten the connector ends until absolutely secure. in this case, tighten until you can’t tighten any more. pay close attention to both ends of the connector to make sure they are secure.
open gas valve
You can now open the gas valve and allow gas to flow to your range. the stove must regulate its own access to gas. turn the emergency valve and the valve close to the wall so that the handle aligns with the valve.
gas leak test
Be sure to check for a gas leak before walking away from the range. take your gas leak detector and follow the instructions to calibrate it once you turn it on. then direct the sensing end of the tool toward the ends of the new gas connector. if it beeps, you need to secure the connection. If your gas leak detector confirms that there is no leak, your installation has been successful.
position and level your gas stove
Finally, you’re ready to put the cooktop back in place. plug in the stove and push it into position, where you want it to be when you cook. The last step for the installation of any appliance is to level the legs. take a spirit level and test the top and bottom edges of the stove. make sure the stove is level on the ground. if not, rotate legs to extend or retract until range is level.
As a last step, turn on the burners to make sure the gas range is working properly.
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