How to Install and Repair Gas Stove

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Gas stove installation and repair cost depends on where do you want to purchase or repair it and how you intend to install or repair it.

Hiring a professional for gas stove installation and repair involves extra expenditure to your pocket. You don’t always need to hire them. Good news is you can always do it yourself with the help of correct instructions with an affordable cost. Installing or repairing a gas stove seems complicated, but if you follow the following techniques and methods, you can install or fix it yourself without having to call the companies to do it for you. Numerous companies do gas stove installation and repair, however, if you are looking for quality service at affordable prices, give our website a go.  

Before you begin installing your gas stove, you are required to have the right tools and materials that will save your time. The required tools are the 4-in-1 screwdriver, adjustable wrench, pipe wrench. The materials needed for installing a gas stove are black iron pipe and fittings, leak detector, end connector fittings, gas cock, flexible gas line or liquid soap and yellow Teflon tape.

Installing a gas stove is not as hard as you think; however, you need to check if there is any gas leakage. Following are the steps you need to take to install a gas stove.  

The very first step is to buy the right gas stove connector. You should never reuse a connector. Purchase a new connector from a home center or hardware store. The most important step to a safe installation is to buy the right connector. When you purchase a connector, it should be marked with a “range”.

Buy a connector that comes with the end connector fittings you need. Usually, the gas line will be a 1/2-in. Black threaded pipe, and the connection to the stove will be a male (external threads) or female (internal threads) 1/2-inch fitting. If you can’t find a connector with the end fittings you need, use a black gas pipe fitting on the line to accommodate the end fittings.

Pull your old gas stove away from the wall and turn off the gas with the shut-off valve near the gas line in the wall. If you don’t have a shutoff, this is the best time to add one to your safety. The gas is off when the lever is at a right angle to the pipe. Disconnect the tube in the back of the stove.

The connectors with ½ inch end fittings at both ends are not always readily available so wrap the Teflon pipe- joint tape twice around the pipe threads clockwise. The yellow Teflon tape is meant for gas fittings. The ½ inch x ¾ inch coupling accommodates the ¾ inch end connector fitting.

Wrap the unbeveled end with yellow Teflon tape after removing the end connector fitting. Screw the end fitting to the gas line. You should always use both of the removable end fittings. You should never screw the connector nuts that are on the ends of the corrugated tube to a black gas fitting or pipe because it would be a guaranteed gas leak if done.

Use a wrench to screw a ½ inch x ½ inch street elbow into the range gas port. Screw the connector’s other end fitting into the street elbow. Use the yellow Teflon tape on each fitting but not over tighten it which can put extra stress on the range’s gas port fitting.

At this point tighten the connector nuts to the two end connector fittings. Never use Teflon tape on these threads. The beveled edges of the end fittings are meant to form a tight seal against the ends of the corrugated tube. Hold the tube straight against the fitting while tightening the nuts.

Turn on the gas cock and light the range burners for about a minute to get the air out of the gas line. Then spray all the joints with gas leak detector which can be bought at home centers. You can also mix two drops of dish soap and add water in a cup. This will give a good indication of leakage if there are bubbles at the joint. Tighten the tube to the pipe if there are any bubbles or hissing sound. If there are still hissing sound or bubbles, then turn off the stove and replace the tube from the place where you bought the gas stove.  

If you don’t detect any leaks, push your gas stove in place. When everything is set you are all set to cook.

Gas stoves are the common and important household appliances. Installing a gas stove is not necessarily hard, but it demands your attention for any leakages. Similar to installation, repairing can also be done easily with the right instructions. With simple adjustment or maintenance, your gas stove can be repaired and fixed without having to hire professionals with an affordable price. However, you should take proper precautions while repairing your gas stove. Always unplug your stove and never leave a burner dial turned on while you’re working on it. Now, here are some few methods to fix some common gas stove problems.

Fixing a gas stove that won’t light(no automatic starter)

There may be many reasons that your gas stove won’t light. One of the common causes may be debris blocking gas flow to the igniter. Remove the grate covering the troubled burner. Next, remove the burner cap. You may need to remove few screws or the sealed burner base will lift easily. With a warm, soapy washcloth clean the surrounding area and remaining debris out of the burner holes with a toothpick, needle or compressed air. Put back the burner, cover and grill. Try to ignite the burner.

Pilot light may not be burning at the proper intensity. If your pilot light is burning yellow or white and is flickering instead of bright blue, it needs to be adjusted. Use a small screwdriver to turn the screw located behind the control knobs until the pilot light is bright blue and burning steadily.

Fixing a gas stove that won’t light (automatic starter)

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Automatic starter (electrode) can be found in newer gas stoves, which is activated when a control knob is turned to “light”. The electrode is located on the supply lines running to each burner.

Find loose wires running from the control knob to the igniter and from the igniter to the burner assembly. Make sure the wires are firmly connected. If it is connected firmly, test the igniter by plugging your stove in and turning the control knob to ‘light’. You will see a spark if the igniter is working. However, if the electrode is dirty the spark might not be ‘hot’ enough to ignite the gas. Clean the electrode with an old toothbrush and test as mentioned above.

You will need to replace the igniter if there is no spark at all. Purchase the igniter that is suitable for your gas stove. To find a replacement part make sure you get necessary information like brand, model number and a serial number of your gas stove located under your stove itself. After purchasing the right replacement part, first turn off the gas supply to your gas stove and disconnect the wires leading to the igniter. Remove the small bolts holding its position.

Always remember to unplug your gas stove from gas supply before repairing. Gas stoves are relatively dangerous if precautions are not applied. Follow the right instructions and use the right tools to install and repair your gas stove.

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