Converting from an Electric Range to a Gas Range
Many homeowners are choosing to replace their electric range with a gas range. Converting from electric to gas can save a lot of money on energy bills. Following the instructions below will help you to complete the upgrade.
Step 1: Check Space Requirements
Not all ranges are the same size. Ensure that the space available for your current range will accommodate the new gas range that you are going to install. Measure both the width and depth of the range space and include handles in your depth measurements. When you purchase your new gas range make sure that it will fit in the allocated space or that you can modify your kitchen to fit the new range.
Step 2: Remove Old Range
Place the appliance dolly under the front edge of the stove and tilt it toward you. Pull the range out enough to reach behind it comfortably and unplug the power from the wall outlet. After the range is unplugged from the wall remove from the area so you have plenty of room to work.
Keep in mind that most electric ranges use 220 volts, so inspect the area and ensure there is a 110 volt outlet available to pug in the gas range. Also inspect to ensure there is a gas valve readily available. If you do not see a gas line it is recommended that you contact a plumber to run a gas line to your kitchen.
Step 3: Install New Gas Range
If there is already a gas valve installed, or after the plumber finishes hook the flex hose to the other end of the valve. Put Type T2 pipe joint compound on the male end of the connection before putting them together to stop leakage. Using two wrenches tighten the flex hose to the valve. Assuming the range fits the space available, use the dolly to move the gas range close enough to the space so the hose will reach the back of the stove.
The Type T2 pipe joint compound should be attached to the flex hose on the back of the range using both wrenches. Turn on the valve and put soapy water on the connections of the flex hose. If you see bubbles then you have a leak and need to further tighten the connections until the water does not bubble. Once you are confident you do not have a gas leak in your system, plug in the power to the 110 volt outlet and push the range into its space. Some ranges are equipped with leveling feet for proper adjustment.