Unlike renting, owning your home requires additional responsibilities, such as installing major appliances. Although you can pay the company to do this for you, in many instances, it is possible for you to do it yourself. Make sure that you are properly prepared in order to have a positive experience with your gas stove installation.
First of all, you should make sure that you have all of the tools and hardware you need beforehand. A new appliance will have an information packet that includes valuable installation instructions. Read through this.
Find the list of connectors and other components necessary to complete the task. If you cannot find the information regarding size on the connector package, you should be able to find a description of either “range” or “dryer.” Select accordingly.
When you are making your choice, make sure that you provide yourself sufficient room. The connector hose can be as long as five feet or as short as two. You will need a hose long enough for you to comfortably work behind the stove during installation and to pull it out during deep cleaning without risking damage.
Although you might be tempted to use a flexible connector, don’t. Purchase a new one and review the instructions thoroughly prior to beginning.
In fact, reviewing the instructions multiple times prior to starting is essential. Gas leaks can be incredibly dangerous. If you are not experienced with installing gas stoves, you need to be sure that you are familiar with each and every step of the process to ensure the safety of yourself and your household.
Although you can save money by installing the range yourself, you might want to pay a for a professional inspection once the task is complete. This will cost significantly less money and give you peace of mind. Should the inspector find a problem, pay attention to what went wrong and how to fix it so that you do not encounter that problem again.
If you do not have a pro check out the work before you use the stove, you should at least check for leaks first. You can purchase a gas detector online or at your local hardware store. Follow the instructions carefully.
While you are working on the installation, you should make sure that the connective hose does not kink or bend, including when you push the stove back into place. Sharp bends weaken the material and can eventually lead to a gas leak.
Don’t forget to shut off the gas valve before starting the task and utilize yellow Teflon tape for securing the threads. It is made especially for gas fittings and will provide a better connection than the white.
You can save money by installing your gas stove but make sure that you follow these tips for safety. The task will be easier and smoother if you are well prepared. Check for gas leaks and have a field expert confirm your work for maximum peace of mind with your new gas stove.