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 worried about safety, performance and compliance.
Therefore, before anyone slots in a new oven or cooktop, 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 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, reevaluate 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.
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.
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 standards. Jim’s Plumbing always does, and our gas plumbers will provide a certificate of compliance with any gas appliance installation and commissioning to confirm everything is legit.
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