If you enjoy cooking and you spend a lot of time preparing meals for your family and friends, you may wish you had a gas stove. Many cooks prefer gas over electric burners since it heats food evenly, and you may feel like a true gourmet cook when you switch to gas. Rather than invest in an entire new oven, you may wish to have a gas cooktop installed instead. The first step is to have a plumbing contractor install the gas line. Here's a look at the process.
Connecting To The Gas Main
If your home has never had gas appliances, then there may not be any gas lines available. In that case, the plumber will have to make all new lines and connect your home to the gas main that is probably situated under the street in front of your home alongside the water main. This will add significantly to the cost of getting a new gas cooktop, but the upside is that you'll have a gas connection for converting other appliances such as the water heater to gas for energy savings. When the new line is installed, which could require digging a trench for the pipe, a shut-off valve will be placed in a handy place so the gas to your home can be shut off manually in case of an emergency.
Hooking up Interior Pipes
Once your main gas line is installed, the plumber then has to run a smaller line indoors from the shut-off valve to the location of your new cooktop. Another shut-off valve will be placed at the end of the line before the connection to the cooktop. When the cooktop needs to be serviced, the indoor shut-off valve can then be easily reached to turn the gas off and on.
Connecting The Cooktop
The final step is to connect the cooktop to the indoor gas line. The cooktop may come with a kit that has a flexible hose, or you can buy the kit separately. The flexible hose runs from the bottom of the cooktop to the gas line. The connections are tightened and checked for gas leaks. Once the gas is hooked up and verified to be working properly, the cooktop can be lowered into its place on your countertop. You'll probably need to have a vent hood placed over the cooktop too or at least have some form of ventilation in your kitchen once you start cooking with gas. Because of the need for a hood and ventilation, a gas cooktop is usually better off on a counter near a wall rather than on an island. However, you can discuss your options for placement with a contractor or your local codes office.