How to hook up your gas range? Two efficient methods

Hook up Method 1 0f 2:

  1. Get a gas stove that attaches to the gas source you have in your home. Your home will either use propane or natural gas, so your appliance needs to match the fuel. Before you buy your new appliance, check the gas source in your home so you can get the right type of stove. If you don’t currently have a gas line installed in your home, then you need to have one put in before you can run any gas stove.

If you have one type of fuel in your home and you want to switch, then you need to have a professional install the gas lines for you.

If you have the wrong type of appliance for your gas system, you may be able to have a technician convert it for you.

Propane burns more efficiently than natural gas and the emissions do not harm the environment.

  1. Check that you have a 120-volt grounded outlet and range-quality gas valve. Electrical plugs for stoves have a 3-prong outlet adaptor, so the outlet you plug into must be grounded. Plug a circuit tester into the outlet where you plan on installing your stove to see if it’s grounded, and fix it yourself or hire an electrician if it’s not grounded. Then check the gas line to make sure that the gas line has a range-quality valve. If not, you may need to hire a technician to install one on the gas line for you.

You can buy a circuit tester from your local hardware store.

Warning: Never try to remove the grounding prong from your stove since it could cause a fire hazard when you use your stove.

  1. Clean your work area so there’s nothing in the way of your new stove. Clear any countertops nearby and make sure there isn’t anything on the floor around the area where you’re installing the stove. Sweep the area to clean any dust or dirt from the area so it isn’t as dirty under your new stove. Double-check the width and depth of the space where you’re installing the stove to make sure your appliance fits, and make any adjustments that you need to.[2]
  2. Level the feet of your new stove so they sit on the ground flat. Have a helper assist you with tipping the stove backward and laying it on a towel so you can access the feet. Rotate the feet on the bottom of the stove counterclockwise to extend them further or clockwise to retract them. Loosen or tighten each of the legs by the same amount and tip it back up to test if it’s level. If the stove wobbles, adjust any feet that are too long or short until it’s sturdy.[3]

Your floor may not be perfectly level, so your stove may wobble even if all the feet are the same length.

Hook up Method 2 0f 2:

Attaching the Gas Line

  1. Check that the stove’s gas valve is in the off position. Locate the gas valve for your stove on a pipe near your floor behind your old stove or where you plan on installing a new one. The valve should already be off, but confirm that it’s turned perpendicular to the pipe so there isn’t a natural gas leak. Once the gas is off, you can continue working.[4]

Don’t work on your stove while the gas is still on because it’s unsafe to breathe and is extremely flammable.

If you come into a strong smell of natural gas, turn off the valve and leave your home before calling emergency services. Do not use any electronics or items that create a spark.

  1. Apply pipe sealer to the threading on the stove. Get a pipe sealer that’s made to use for gas lines; otherwise, the gas will leak through the seam. Use the brush on the cap of the pipe sealer to apply a thin layer to the threaded section on your stove, which is usually located near the bottom corner. Make sure you create a complete seal around the threading so the gas can’t escape.

You can buy gas pipe sealers at hardware stores.

You can also use pipe sealing tape if you have it. Wrap the tape around the threading 2-3 times to form the seal.

  1. Attach a regulator to the stove if it doesn’t already have one. A regulator is a box-shaped piece of pipe that controls the pressure of the gas entering your stove. While most stoves come with a regulator built-in, you may have to attach one to some models. Buy a regulator that matches the brand and output of your stove and screw it onto the pipe threading you applied the sealer to. Spin the nut on the regulator clockwise until it’s hand-tight, and then use a wrench to tighten it as far as you can.

You can buy stove regulators at appliance stores or online.

Tip: If it’s difficult to attach the regulator directly to your stove, you can connect an elbow pipe first so you have more space for the regulator. Just be sure to seal the elbow pipe before attaching the regulator so it doesn’t leak.

  1. Seal the threading on the regulator with the pipe sealer. Dip the brush back into the gas pipe sealer and rub it around the threading on the end of the regulator. Make sure you make a complete seal or else the gas could leak out from your pipes. Work within 5 minutes after you apply the sealer so it doesn’t dry before you attach it.

Only use a sealer meant for gas pipes to prevent leaks.

  1. Screw a flexible gas line onto the stove with a wrench. A flexible gas line is made of corrugated metal and can easily bend to fit into tight spaces. Make sure the flexible gas line has the same size threading on the end or else it will not fit your stove without an adaptor. Screw one end of the gas line onto the regulator’s threading by hand. When you can’t turn it anymore, hold the nut on the regulator in place with channel lock pliers and tighten the end of the gas line using a wrench.[8]

You can buy flexible gas lines from hardware or appliance stores.

Don’t reuse an old flexible gas line since it may be more prone to leaking.

  1. Put sealer on the threads of the main gas pipe before attaching the flexible line. Coat the threaded port on the main gas pipe with your pipe sealer so the gas doesn’t escape. Screw the flexible gas line clockwise by hand until you can’t turn it anymore. Grip the nut on the main gas pipe with channel lock pliers so it doesn’t move around, and use an adjustable wrench to tighten the flexible pipe more.[9]

Be careful not to overtighten the pipes since they could crack or get damaged.

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