It is, contrary to what you might believe or might have been led to believe, incredibly easy to replace an electric stove with a gas stove, but because they use different power sources to do what they were designed to do, there can be a lot of work involved in swapping one for the other.
A standard electric stove runs off two hundred and volts, and a gas stove, which also has electricity, just for a different reason (mainly to ignite the gas that the burners use) runs off one hundred and ten volts. So, you’ll need an electrician to replace the two hundred and forty-volt outlet with a one hundred and ten volt outlet, and you’ll probably also need a permit, which an electrician can and will help you obtain, to switch the outlet over.
A gas stove will also need a gas supply, so you’ll need a plumber to hook your gas stove up to the gas supply in your home. If there’s an already capped gas line in your kitchen, or near to where your gas stove is going to be installed, it won’t be an expensive job, and it won’t take long. However, if you do need to have a new gas line installed, it will usually cost around twenty dollars per linear foot to have the line installed and fitted.
Those costs could also rise if the line needs to be run from the gas meter instead of an existing fitting, and if you need to have a new gas line installed from an outside main, it could end up becoming prohibitively expensive as that kind of labor-intensive job can end up costing around two thousand dollars.
How Much Does It Cost To Convert An Electric Stove To A Gas Stove?
That question is like asking how long a piece of string is. It can either cost you next to nothing, or it can end up putting a serious dent in your pocketbook that it’ll take you a long time to recover from.
Before you make the decision to convert from an electric stove to a gas one, the first thing you should do is check that you have a gas supply either next to where your stove is going to be located, or that there’s a fitting relatively nearby. If you have to have a new gas line installed in your kitchen, it could, and almost certainly will be, inordinately expensive.
As well as buying your new stove and having your old one taken away to be recycled, in order to install a new gas stove where your old electric stove used to be, you’ll need to employ the services of a plumber and an electrician. The electrician, as we’ve already mentioned, will need to replace the outlet behind your stove from a two and forty volt one with a one hundred and ten volt one.
Then you’ll need to connect your gas stove to the gas supply and in order to do that safely securely and efficiently, you’ll need to employ the services of a plumber. And, the proximity of your existing gas fittings to your stove will determine how much it costs for the plumber to hook your stove up the gas supply.
If you have to have a new gas line installed in your kitchen, the costs can start to mount up, and if you have to have a new gas line installed that runs either from your meter or from an external gas main, it could be ridiculously expensive.
But don’t panic, because the average cost of switching from an electric stove to a gas stove is somewhere in the region of eight hundred to one thousand dollars, including the cost of the stove.
It sounds like a lot to pay out initially, and it is, but the money that you’ll end up saving on the utility bills and the marked improvement that you’ll see in the efficiency of your stove will more than make up for the installation costs in the financial long term.
How Hard Is It To Convert An Electric Stove To A Gas Stove?
Providing you leave it up to professionals, it isn’t an involving or hard job to switch from using an electric stove to a gas stove. The only factor that might make the job difficult is if you insist on doing it yourself and you don’t have the relevant skills to replace the power outlet and install a new gas line for your stove.
That’s why we’d always advise you, without hesitation, to employ the services of an electrician and a plumber when you switch from using an electric stove to using a gas one. That way it’ll be easy, hassle-free and all you’ll have to do is choose, and when it’s installed use your new stove.