I have recently come across some interesting scenarios across Adelaide when replacing existing Gas Ovens and Cook Tops with new Gas Ovens and Cookers.
My customers have gone out to various retailers and purchased a nice new Gas Cooker and had the item delivered to their house. They have then called me out to plumb it up for them. This is a great idea until I've found that the gas configurations on the new appliance are completely different to the existing configuration, or in another location that does not suit the new appliance, or as I found just this week a larger power supply is needed to now power the oven part of the new appliance.
Unfortunately when things like this occur these jobs then take longer to perform and inevitably end up costing my customer more than they had budgeted for in the first place.
I would like to give a few handy tips on things to look out for if you’re in the market for a new Gas Oven and Gas Cook Top.
1. If you’re new oven has gas to the cook top burners but the actual oven below is electrical, check to see what type of power supply it needs. Most commonly is 10 amp which everyone has in their house, but as I found this week my customer’s new oven needed a 15 amp power point which meant running a whole new power line to this oven, an added cost which they never budgeted for.
2. Does your existing oven sit on legs off the floor? Does the new one sit lower to the floor? If so where does the gas supply come from? As I recently found myself in this scenario I had a very hard time getting the new Gas Oven to go back to wall because the original gas supply came from the floor and the new oven sat a lot lower to the ground.
3. Is your new oven the same width as the old one? Will it fit in the desired location? The most common width of Gas Ovens South Australia is approx 600mm wide, but there are a lot of different sizes now entering the market, so it pays to check.
4. How deep is the new Gas Oven? Will it stick out past the bench further than the old oven? And if so is this going to be a problem?
Depending on exactly what is involved with the installation of your oven most jobs take approx 2 hours on wards. The factors which will determine how long a job like this take are mostly covered off above but can also include:
1. Does the existing gas connection have an isolation valve? If not it will need one installed to comply with the current Australian Standards for Gas.
2. Can the new item be installed with a approved flexible gas connection hose? If not it will need to be installed with hard drawn copper which will take a bit longer due to rigidity of this pipe work.
3. Is the existing gas pipe line in the house hold sound (no leaks)? If not the leak in the system will need to be located before any further gas work can continue.
4. And what type of safety devices does the manufacturer want installed to stop the oven from tilting and moving away from the wall. These all vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and the time can also vary due the type of surface I’m fixing into ie: concrete, wooden floor boards and plasterboard/gyprock.
I hope that some of these tips are of use to you and if in doubt give me a call before you make your next big purchase and we can either talk about it over the phone or I can make a site visit to check the appliance is going to suit its new home.
Please also take a moment to view the video below on a very popular SMEG freestanding gas oven.
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Aaron Stewart owns and works in the business of Mayfair Plumbing & Gas Fitting from there offices now based in Adelaide, South Australia. Aaron and his team of licensed plumbers and design consultants are passionate about there work. In this blog they will bring you plumbing and gas tips gathered from around the globe over 20 plus years of experiences in the many different fields of plumbing. If you are looking for a plumbing firm who can do everything from design, construct, project management and scheduled on site maintenance contact the Mayfair Plumbing Group.