Have you been dreaming about upgrading to a gas range? You’re not alone! With more accurate heat settings, faster warming times, and larger ovens for bigger meals, there’s no doubt that making the switch would be satisfying. However, before you take the plunge it is important to understand all of the factors involved in replacing your electric stove with a gas one.
Before you take the plunge, here are a few things to keep in mind.
1. Research Your Local Building Codes
Before doing any work yourself, make sure that it’s legal! Local building codes vary widely depending on where you live, so check in with your local zoning office or municipal building department to ensure that installing a gas stove is allowed in your area.
2. Check Ventilation Options
A gas stove requires ventilation—and lots of it! Make sure that the space in which you plan on installing the new range has adequate ventilation and exhaust options available. Otherwise, the stove may not function properly.
3. Purchase the Right Appliance
When purchasing a new gas range, make sure that it comes with all the necessary parts and components for proper installation and operation. Gas ranges come in different sizes, and it’s important to make sure that the model you choose will fit the space available.
4. Arrange for Gas Supply Line Installation
Once you’ve picked out your appliance, you will need a gas line installed to provide gas to your range. Do not attempt to alter or install new gas piping yourself. Contact an experienced and qualified professional like The Gas Connection. We recommend having the gas line installed prior to the appliance delivery so that the gas stub is ready when your range arrives.
5. Connect the Range
Once the gas line is installed, connect the range to it according to its user manual. This can usually be done using a wrench and other basic tools. Most appliance retailers will perform this step when they deliver the appliance, or you can hire a professional to return to do the connection.
6. Test It Out
Once everything is hooked up properly and all safety checks have been completed, test out your newly installed gas range by turning on each burner one at a time and ensuring that there is no leaked gas present (a simple sniff test should do) before lighting any flames near the appliance itself. Once everything looks good, go ahead and start cooking!
Replacing an electric stove with a gas one can seem daunting at first glance. But with proper planning and research upfront, it doesn’t have to be difficult! As long as local building codes allow it and appropriate ventilation/exhaust systems are installed, then swapping over shouldn’t take very long at all; plus you’ll enjoy all of the benefits associated with using a natural-gas-powered kitchen appliance—including faster heating times than electric stoves offer as well as more precise temperature control when cooking favorite meals!
With close to four decades of experience, The Gas Connection has been providing gas line installation services for appliances all over Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and the surrounding mountain towns. By helping thousands of customers upgrade to gas ranges, we have earned an outstanding reputation that keeps growing.
Contact us today to find out how you can take advantage of our exceptional service and start cooking with natural gas yourself!