If you are anything like me and like to thrift your way to squeezing every ounce of penny from your life, and use it effectively, energy consumption is the first thing that would save a penny... and probably lot more than that!
You shouldn’t be scared to replace the gas stove on your own. However, It is essential that you know how to hook up your gas appliance to prevent a gas leak which can be deadly to you and your loved ones.
This article will serve as a guide on how you can properly and safely connect your gas stove to the gas line.
The Importance of Learning How to Connect your Gas Stove
If you haven’t hooked up a gas stove to a gas line before, one thing you must know is that this is a relatively simple and straightforward activity that requires the use of basic tools. You may even find some of these tools in your shed or toolbox.
Proper connection and replacement all boil down to following the step-by-step instructions to the letter, so you don’t end up hurting yourself.
Yes, you can call on the services of professional installers, but are you really willing to spend a few hundred dollars when you can replace the gas stove all by yourself? Apart from providing you with a step-by-step procedure on how to hook up your gas stove to the gas line, we also have some information about the different types of gas connections, as well as useful pointers for replacing a gas range utilizing a flexible, corrugated connector.
Few Quick Wins For Energy Savings!
- You can save energy and money by replacing the old with a new one.
- Gas stove heats up food more evenly and in a prompt manner.
- Stovetops with induction burners installed on top of glass-ceramic surfaces only consume half of the energy that a traditional stove uses.
- You may connect stoves with the help of energy-saving hybrids.
- Self-cleaning stoves are more efficient in the long run
- Some stoves boast high-speed clinic settings that only make use of half typical cleaning cycles.
- If your stove still works, but you want to replace it with a new one, make sure to donate the old one or dispose of properly following guidelines set by your town or city.
You can find flexible corrugated gas connectors at most home improvement centres and hardware stores. They typically come in stainless steel or coated brass varieties as these two are the only materials that you can legally and safely use for home connections. If you have older variations of connectors, such as those made from uncoated brass and other metals sold in the 80s, it’s best to throw them away as they are deemed unsafe for use.
The first thing that you must realize is that you need the right type of connector to perform gas stove replacement without professional help.
Here are a few pointers to remember when buying connectors:
Pick the connector that is specifically designed for the appliance you’re connecting to the gas line. You will choose between range or dryer type of connectors. A range connector has an inside diameter of ½ inches while the dryer connector is 3/8 in diameter. Make sure to check the label before purchase.
Only buy a connector that is equipped with the connector fittings that you need for the replacement procedure.
- The gas line that is connected to your kitchen is typically ½ inches. For this, you need a black threaded pipe that will be connected to a male (external threads) and female (internal threads) that are ½ in diameter, too. If you find a complete connector package with end fittings, you may use black gas pipe fitting as an alternative.
- Make sure to buy a connector with a length more than your requirement. In this way, you will have adequate space to work between the wall and the stove. You may choose between 24-inch to 60-inch connectors.
- Never reuse or recycle a flexible, corrugated connector. If you are hooking up a brand-new stove, make sure to use brand-new connectors, too.
Here are additional guidelines when connecting your gas stove to the gas line.
- Avoid kinks or forcefully move the connector into sharp bends that can result in damage.
- Make sure to check for leaks as you go through the process of replacing your gas stove.
- If you have problems with your range hood, we advise that you call on a preferred expert who can tackle repairs.
Hooking Up Guidelines
- Use yellow Teflon tape for gas threaded connections as they are thicker and more durable than other tapes.
- Assess your joins for leaks to ensure safety.
- Check-in with a gas company to assess if your gas stove replacement was managed properly.
Materials and Tools for Replacing Gas Stoves
- Adjustable wrench
- Adjustable wrench
- 4-in-1 screwdriver
- Gas lock
- Flexible gas line
- End connector fittings
- Leak detector
Step-by-step gas stove replacement:
- Shut off the gas line after pulling out the range.
- Wrap the Teflon pipe-joint tape twice around the threads in the same direction for fitting screws. Do not forget to use both removable end fittings.
- Screw together ½ x ½ inches street elbow into the range gas port. You should then screw the connector’s end fitting into the street elbow itself. Secure the end of fittings with yellow Teflon tape. Make sure not to overtighten or place stress on the range of gas port fitting.
- You need to tighten the nuts to the two end and connector fittings. When you’re about to tighten the nuts, you need to position your tube straight against the usual fittings.
- Turn the gas cock open as well as light the stove for about a minute or two. You may also spray all joints to prevent gas leaks in the future.
Along with this guide, we suggest you watch comprehensive tutorials on how to replace your gas stoves easily and without any risk. At any given point in time, you feel less confident, call on professionals to check if your DIY work has been ok without delay. Unlike catalytic wood stoves, Gas connections are not something that you should take lightly as even a little leak can potentially be life threatening.
I hope that this simple step-by-step guide can help you during the time that you need to connect the gas line to your stove.