Normally, once you’ve bought a new gas cooker, you’d call a Gas Safe Registered engineer to have your hob installed. That’s actually the most convenient and straightforward way to install a new cooker.
However, as looking at installation costs, you may think about fitting it yourself. Of course, you can do the job alone although it’s quite complicated. We suppose it’s a satisfying job for every DIY hobbyist if you do it right.
Have no idea how to install a gas hob safely and properly? Let’s discover it right away!
Can You Fit A Gas Hob Yourself?
Technically, yes, you can do the job yourself. However, fitting a gas hob does not cover connecting it up. Only a competent installer with proper testing equipment has the permission to do that.
A common mistaken belief is that a brand new gas cooker or connection hose won’t leak. Please remember, defects may occur during production, and parts also get cracked during storage and delivery.
Thus, it’s worth consulting a professional first so that you understand all the rules clearly. He also inspects the gas lines and carries out a gas pressure test to ensure there is no risk of leaks if necessary.
Installation is not that difficult, indeed. Should you wish to try installing the hob yourself, below is a simple guide for you to follow.
How To Install A Gas Hob?
Before you begin, please don’t forget that adequate preparation is essential. You don’t want to waste time looking for the lacking tools as in the middle of the work, do you?
A full list of required tools includes pipe fittings, gas cock, pliable gas line, leak detector, and end connector fittings. Have them all checked? Let’s go!
Remove The Old
First, disconnect all plugging lines safely before you start the installation process and reconnect the new wiring. Properly shut off the gas valve of the old system, unplug all related lines and the cooker itself.
Wrap Pipe Line Threads
Once you remove the old hob, use Teflon tape to swath the pipe joints. The band should head in the same direction as the fitting clockwise. By wrapping it that way, you can deter possible gas leaks as the stove is unplugged.
Attach The Connector
Next, remove the connector fitting, continue using the Teflon tape to wrap its unbeveled end, then attach the connector into the gas line by that side. We have to note that the detachable end fittings are essential for preventing the risk of gas leaks once you reconnect the gas cooker.
Connect The Street Elbow
Now, you will join a street elbow into the gas port and the other end of the pipe joint into the street elbow. It’s better to avoid over-tightening when connecting since extra stress may potentially pose gas leaks. Instead, you screw the nuts onto the connector’s end fittings.
Check For Leaks
Next is the leak check step. You’ll position the gas cock vertically and try lighting the range burners. Wait in 1.5- minutes for the air to get released from the gas line and spray the street elbows with the leak detector compound.
If there come bubbles around the joints, it’s an indication of leaks. In this case, you should re-check the connector and tighten the fitting ends again.
Reinstall The Gas Cooker
Installers often place the has hob back again in the previous nook if there is no potential for leaks. Even though the leak detector does not discover any risk, you should have a licensed engineer visit your kitchen. He’ll check if the stove is appropriately installed and operable. We mean, you’re legally required to do so for security reasons.
Fitting a gas cooker yourself is one of the ways to save costs. In order to make it work safely and correctly, learning how to install a gas hob is extremely critical.
More importantly, should you be worried about whether or not to do the job, it’s better not to. You should engage with a registered engineer to make sure it’s safe and sound using your brand-new stove.