Getting a new stove is always exciting, but one of the first chores that need to be done is installation and connection. With an electric stove, all you need to do is plug it in, but electric stoves can’t match the performance of gas, and gas stoves require a bit more complex installation process.
With a gas stove, you’ll need to hook up the gas line, which needs to be done flawlessly or it can create an incredibly dangerous situation. This leaves many homeowners to wonder just how to safely connect a gas stove, or who they can call to perform a gas hookup for their stove. We’re going to cover the full gas stove install process, as well as what you can do if you’d be more comfortable with professionally handling it.
How To Hook Up A Gas Stove
Pull Out The Stove
You’re going to need some room to work, so pull out the new stove to allow access to the gas service line. The gas line supplied with your appliance will generally be a flexible line, which means you’ll need to make accommodations for moving from one thread type to another, but we’ll get to that.
Wrap The Threads
You will need to make sure you have plenty of Teflon tape on hand since you’ll be wrapping at least four connections. Be sure you have the gas-safe Teflon tape, which generally comes on a yellow roll. There are two types of thread tape, one for water and one for gas, so you must use the right one to prevent leaks. Also, you’ll hear this again, but if you see a bevel on the end of some threads, those never get Teflon tape.
Attach Gas Line Connector
To your rigid pipe, you’ll be attaching one of the flexible-to-rigid connectors you have. The pipe thread side, or the side without the bevel, will need Teflon tape. Never attach your flexible hose directly to the rigid pipe; even if the diameters match, the thread is different and will never seal properly.
Add An Elbow
On your range, the gas port will have a female inlet in most situations. To make this accessible to the flexible hose you’ll need what’s called a street elbow, or a street 90. Into that elbow, you’ll be attaching the other flexible-to-rigid connector that came with your appliance’s gas hose. Be sure that the male end of the street elbow and the male pipe thread side of the connector have Teflon tape on them.
Tighten The Gas Line
Tighten down the nut at each end of the flexible line. The pipe threads that the flexible line connects to should not have any Teflon tape on them. They are meant to seal gas tight with the flexible tube itself, and the tape can prevent that.
Check For Leaks
Checking for gas leaks is the last and most crucial step in the installation process. You’ll need to turn on the gas to test it, so turn the handle parallel to the pipe, and spray all joints created with a gas leak detector solution. Warm soapy water can also work in a pinch. If any bubbles are spotted it means you have a leak and the joint will need to be redone.
Let A Trusted San Diego Plumber Hook Up Your Gas Stove
Sometimes, hooking up a gas stove can be relatively simple, but in other cases, it can be more of a hassle than you plan. If you want to avoid the project entirely, while still ensuring that it gets done safely, turn to Emory Plumbing. Reach out today and speak with your trusted local plumbing partner about your project needs.