Kitchen Remodeling - Uninstalling Kitchen Appliances
Because all appliances are different, we suggest consulting the instructions for the individual appliance when dismantling. If you no longer have the literature or something is not clear to you, seek professional advice.
Note: If modifications have been made to your kitchen in the past, it will be a good idea to measure the door openings and the larger appliances before attempting to get them through the doorways. Old carpet samples or large pieces of cardboard are great for sliding appliances out of position, while at the same time, protecting the floor from gouges or scratches.
- A Freestanding Electric Range can be eased out from the wall far enough to allow you to disconnect the thick pigtail plug in the rear. Then continue to ease the range out into the kitchen, put it on a dolly and transport it to a convenient place. If the range has an upper oven and fan, disengage the duct connection first.
- The Drop-in Range will be fastened to the base cabinetry or the side cabinets. Look inside the range or on the side of the cabinets to determine the connection. You will need an additional person to help you lift the range up far enough to unplug it and/or turn off the gas. Then lift it out and onto a dolly.
- A Gas Range will have to be moved forward just far enough to reach the shut off valve for the gas. Usually, the flexible tubing used will give a little clearance. Turn the valve until it is tightly off. Disconnect the flexible tubing from the valve using a small wrench and you will be able to slide the range out into the room. If you are not planning to reuse the existing gas line, you will want to disconnect the supply line as well. Once the main gas valve is off, remove the supply line and put a plug fitting over the gas pipe which is inside the stud wall. Once this is accomplished, you can ask the utility company to inspect the gas system and relight the pilot lights for any remaining gas appliances.
- Wall Ovens most likely will have the electrical or gas connection housed in the cabinet below the unit. Unplug the cord from the socket or turn off the gas valve and disconnect the flexible tubing. Then, you can unscrew the screws that connect the oven to the frame or cabinets - these are usually on the inside of the oven door. Ease the unit forward until you can lift it onto a dolly.
- Cook tops also house the power or gas connection in the cabinet below or possibly in the cabinet on either side of the unit. Pull the plug or turn off the gas valve and disconnect the flexible tubing from the valve. Unscrew the unit from the countertop and simply lift it out. If you do not plan on reusing the gas, remove the supply line and put a plug fitting over the gas pipe which is inside the stud wall.
- A Barbeque Cook top has a ventilating system that goes down through the floor or down and out through the wall. Determine how the down vent is attached to the duct; this could be a metal collar that unsnaps or duct tape that must be peeled off, or it may be held down by flanges that are nailed or screwed. Disengage the vent. Then unscrew the mountings that attach the cook top and lift the unit out.
- An Over the Range Hood Vent usually houses the electrical connection under the removable light or filter panel. Disconnect those wires and cap them with wire nuts as described previously. The cabinet doors above the hood will give access to the vent where it connects to the duct. Disconnect these in the same manner as described for the barbeque cook top. Then you will need to look up into the hood to see where the screws are located that attach it to the upper cabinets. Remove the screws and lift the hood down and out. You may need someone to hold the hood in place while you unscrew the screws to keep it from falling down before all the screws have been removed.