Can you Install a Gas Stove yourself?

Technically speaking, yes you can install a gas stove yourself, but you should always have it done by a professional. The actual job itself isn’t difficult, but this doesn’t mean that you should install your gas stove yourself.

When it comes to working with gas there are a lot of legal requirements and legislation that you must follow. Gas leaks can be incredibly dangerous which is why you should always have any gas-related jobs completed by a professional who knows what they are doing. 

If you do decide to install your gas stove yourself then you are legally required to get professionals out to check that the job has been done correctly. These professionals must be licensed gas-safe engineers, and you must have them check the gas stove before you turn it on.

This is why it is often easier to get the stove professionally fitted as then the engineer fitting the stove can complete these checks for you. Until the gas stove has been checked by a professional engineer you will be unable to use the device as it is against the law. But once it has been given the all-clear you are free to use your new gas stove how often and how much you want. 

How long does it take to install a gas range?

Even though installing a gas stove isn’t a particularly difficult job, it does take a considerable amount of time. The entire process of installing a free-standing gas range, from box to full installation, can often take up to 2 hours of your time. So please don’t expect this job to be a quick fix.

As we have said, installing a gas range isn’t a particularly hard job, so you might be confused as, why it takes so long, but the lengthiness of this task lies in the huge list of checks that have to be completed throughout the process. 

Gas can be incredibly dangerous, so when you are installing a gas range, and fitting the gas lines, you have to be very careful. This is why it is best to get a professional gas engineer to do the job.

Generally speaking, it will take about an hour to fit the range into the correct spot of your kitchen and attach the gas lines. It will then usually take another hour on top to check for any potential gas leaks or risks before the range is ready to use. 

What is the easiest way to remove a gas line from a stove?

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If you own a gas stove, eventually a time will come when you have to remove one of the gas lines from the device. This can be a daunting task, but we’re going to talk you through the easiest way to do this. The most important thing that you need to do when removing a gas line is checked for leaks and turn off the gas flow to the line that you are looking to disconnect. With the gas flow disconnected, you can work on removing that line without worrying about gas leaking into your home and putting you and your loved ones at risk. 

Disconnecting the gas from that line is the most difficult part because while the gas is running there is a larger element of risk. Once the gas is off, the process is easy. All you need to do is locate the line that you want to disconnect and turn the valve. This will allow you to remove the line from the connection. With the line disconnected, you should cap the pipe ready for when you switch the gas back on. It really is that easy. 

How do you shorten a gas stove?

When we talk about shortening a gas stove, we are actually talking about shortening the gas line that connects the stove to your mains gas. Sometimes a gas pipe can be too long for the connection that you need for your stove, in which case you will need to shorten it. Let’s talk you through how you do this. However, we would recommend getting a professional in to do this job as working with gas is incredibly dangerous!

When a professional comes out to shorten your gas stove, they will begin by shutting off the gas to the stove using a wrench on your gas meter. They will then move the stove forward so that they can access the pipes at the backend. Following that they will complete a highly skilled job (which only a professional could do) and shorten the existing pipe by connecting a new, shorter pipe in the relevant space. Once the pipe has been replaced, the engineer will then reconnect the pipe to the main’s gas before switching the gas back on. This will leave you with a shortened gas stove in full-working order. 

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