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Gas Cooktop and Oven Installation Tips

Installing a brand new gas cooktop, oven or stove is a job best done by an expert, but there’s still plenty for a homeowner to consider.

Not only are you choosing the brand, but key considerations into performance, location, regulations, etc., influence all outcomes.

Sadly, you can’t always just select an oven and expect a simple job. Gas fitting installation requires a licensed contractor so it meets all Australian standards.

So, even though your main focus might be on the final look, a gas fitter will be concerned with safety, performance and compliance.

Therefore, before anyone slots in a new gas cooktop or oven, make sure you understand these key tips for high quality installation.

Select the Best Gas Appliance for You

Above all else, you want an appliance which works for you. Whether it’s a smaller gas cooktop with 3 or 4 burners, or a larger one with 5 or 6, consider what you need. There’s no point sticking to a lower budget if it means you’re going to purchase an appliance which can’t cater for large pots and pans when cooking for a big family.

Upgrading also provides the perfect time to make any major changes. If a 60cm gas cooktop just isn’t doing the job, re-evaluate your layout and see if it’s possible to squeeze in a 90cm cooktop. The extra 30cm provides a large burner perfect for large pots that otherwise get in the way on a smaller stovetop.

Alternatively, if the time is right to switch from an upright oven to a built in, do it! In built ovens can be placed higher up in a cabinet so there’s no bending for anyone with mobility issues.

The cooktop also doesn’t have to be located on top of the oven, so there’s greater flexibility in the layout of a kitchen.

So make sure you think about the pros and cons of the current gas appliance setup and consider what you want in the future.

Double Check All Clearances and Measurements

Australian gas installation standards are structured and thorough. The latest amendments to AS/NZA 5601.1 came in 2020, referencing a 300+ page document.

For any home DIYer, that’s a complex task to comprehend. And for any licensed gas fitter, well, access to the latest information and regular training is a must.

As gas burners include an open flame, there are additional safety precautions to consider. Minimum guidelines include:

  • 60cm vertical clearance between the highest point of the cooktop and any object above (rangehood, cupboard)
  • 20cm horizontal clearance between the cooktop and surrounding objects
  • 75cm clearance to an exhaust fan, 60cm to a rangehood
  • 15cm ventilation gap at the rear of the gas oven
  • Appropriate fire-resistant material when certain distances cannot be met

The above measurements are just some considerations for gas oven and cooktop installation. There’s much more to be aware of, and research is crucial. Alternatively, an experienced gas plumber can tackle the job easily. You’ll most likely be using an existing gas connection, however, a gas fitter can install a new gas connection if needed.

And remember, if you are looking into the measurements and clearances on your own, always double check. It’s like the old saying goes, measure twice, cut once. You want to be sure everything is as it should be ahead of time.

Professional Gas Cooktop Installation

If you’re planning to install a gas cooktop, it’s crucial to consider professional installation. While you may be tempted to take on the task of gas cooktop installation yourself, it’s actually illegal unless you are a fully trained gas fitter.

Hiring a qualified professional for gas cooktop installation ensures a safe and proper installation.

One of the main reasons to opt for professional installation is the expertise and experience that professionals bring to the table. They are well-versed in local building codes and regulations, ensuring compliance and safety. They can also accurately assess the gas supply and ventilation requirements, preventing any potential hazards.

Professional installers have the necessary tools and knowledge to handle gas lines with care. They can expertly connect the cooktop to the gas supply, minimising the risk of gas leaks. Moreover, they can securely attach the cooktop to the countertop, providing stability and preventing accidents.

By opting for professional installation, you can have peace of mind knowing that the job is done right the first time. It saves you time and effort, as well as reduces the chances of costly mistakes. They can also remove and dispose of your old gas cooktop, if there is one.

Prioritising safety and quality, new gas cooktop installation done by a licensed gas fitter is a smart investment that ensures you can enjoy your new appliance with confidence.

The Gas Oven Installation Process

Professional gas oven installation ensures a safe and efficient process that maximizes the benefits of your new appliance.

One of the main advantages of professional installation is the expertise that technicians bring to the table. They are familiar with the intricacies of gas oven installation and can handle the electrical and gas connections with precision. They will ensure that the oven is properly connected to the power source and the gas supply, minimizing the risk of any issues or malfunctions.

Additionally, professional installers have the necessary tools and equipment to mount the oven securely in place. This ensures stability and prevents any accidents or damage. They can also conduct thorough testing of the oven’s functionality to ensure it operates correctly and is installed safely.

By opting for professional gas oven installation, you can save yourself the hassle of navigating complex installation procedures. It provides peace of mind, knowing that the installation is done correctly, and allows you to start using your new oven with confidence.

Make Sure the Installer is Licensed

Installing a gas cooktop or appliance is easy … when everything is as it should be. However, any issues with the gas supply and the risk potential instantly increases. That’s why a licensed gas fitter is always required for safe, regulated installation of gas appliances.

And that’s why you need to ensure your installer is a licensed gas fitter. Hiring a local plumber may seem like a simple choice, but are their qualifications truly up to date? Warranties will not be valid if they’re not qualified properly, while your safety could be in danger.

It’s important to always work in line with Australian regulations and standards. Plumber Near Me always does, and our gas plumbers will provide a compliance certificate with any gas cooktop and oven installation and commissioning to confirm everything is legit.

Call us today for the installation of gas ovens and gas cooktops, all other gas fitting needs, leaking taps, hot water repairs and much more.

Please note: This information is provided for advice purposes only. Regulations differ from state to state, so please consult your local authorities or an industry professional before proceeding with any work. See our Terms & Conditions here.