With a few basic tools and the right supplies, installing a gas stove is a relatively easy job to do yourself. Following a good how-to guide with the right materials, you will be able to effectively and safely do the job in a short duration of time, and without having to hire a professional. We’ll show you how to install a gas stove using a flexible, corrugated connector.
Note: Before you begin installing your gas stove or gas range, check local codes and ordinances to ensure homeowner installing is permitted. If it isn’t then you’ll probably need to hire someone.
Also, if you feel at all uncomfortable handling this project yourself, hire a professional. Gas can be very dangerous, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Still interested? Then read on!
- Flexible corrugated gas connector
- Teflon pipe-joint tape
- Gas leak detector or liquid soap
1. Buy the correct gas connector
The first step in installing a gas stove (or gas range) is buying a new, correct gas connector. You never want to reuse a connector. Check for these things when buying a new connector:
- It’s clearly marked “range.”
- It has the right end connector fittings. Generally, the gas line is a half-inch black threaded pipe with a connection to the stove as a male or female with a half-inch fitting. If you’re unable to find a connector with the right fittings, you can use a black gas pipe fitting on the line to accommodate the end fittings.
- It’s long enough to work between the stove and the wall.
2. Pull out your range
With the right gas connector purchased, you can now head home to pull out the range to shut off the gas cock. You can locate the shutoff behind the range or sometimes in the basement. You know it’s off when the lever is at a right angle to the pipe. If you find that you don’t have a shutoff, take this opportunity to add one for safety issues.
3. Wrap the pipe threads
Grab your Teflon pipe-joint tape and wrap it around the threads twice clockwise.
Note: A half-inch or 3/4-inch coupling will work with the 3/4-inch end connector fitting.
4. Attach the connector to the gas line
To attach the connector to the gas line, you need to start by removing the end connector fitting. Wrap the unbeveled end with your Teflon tape and then screw it to the gas line.
Safety tip: Never screw the connector nuts to a black gas pipe or fitting and always use both of the end fittings otherwise you will for sure end up with a leak. Also, never kink or force the connector into sharp bends.
5. Install a street elbow
Next in our guide to installing a gas stove is to install a street elbow. To do this, screw a half-inch by half-inch street elbow into the range gas port. Next, screw the connector’s other end fitting into the street elbow. You can use Teflon tape on each fitting just be careful to not overtighten.
6. Tighten the nuts
Now you can tighten the connector nuts to the two end connector fittings. Be sure to hold the tube straight against the fitting as you tighten them.
Safety tip: Never use Teflon tape on these threads as it can interfere with the seal and cause a leak.
7. Check for leaks
Before pushing your stove back into place, it is always recommended that you check for any leaks. To do this, turn your gas cock back on and light a burner for about a minute to allow any air in the gas line to release. Then, spray every joint with a gas leak detector (this can be found at any home center). If you don’t want to purchase this, you can easily use warm water with a bit of liquid soap in it. If you notice any bubbles around a joint, this means there is a leak. If you want to go the extra mile, you can call your local gas company to check your work.
8. Push your new stove in place
After checking for leaks and fixing any that pop up, you can now push the new stove into place. Ensure that the stove is level and adjust as needed. If everything looks great, then it’s time to start cooking!
As a final note, gas leaks can be extremely harmful and damaging and you want to make sure that you follow these guidelines to a T. If you ever have any doubts, hire a professional.