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Installing a New Gas Cooktop

By Karen Lawson
Installing a New Gas Cooktop

Gas stoves and cooktops provide convenience and quick food preparation, but having to replace a cooktop can seem a daunting task. With patience and a little know-how you could be whipping up dishes in no time.

Step One: Preparation

When preparing to install a new gas cooktop, remove the burner covers, grills, and knobs from the old cooktop. Be sure to take out any cabinet drawers that might interfere with your workspace.

Step Two: Gas Valves and Electricity

After the prep work is done, use a wrench to shut off the gas valve to the cooktop. Next, unplug the power supply and then head to the circuit box to shut off the power. After the gas and power are safely off, remove the gas line from the shutoff valve.

Step Three: Remove and Replace the Cooktop

Unscrew the existing cooktop and get set to prepare the replacement cooktop. Replace the regulator on the new cooktop, and use liberal amounts of pipe sealant on both the range pipe and gas supply line before securing the gas supply line once again.

Step Four: Test for Leaks

Spray soapy water on all gas connections between the cooktop and gas supply line. If you notice soap bubbles, then you have a leak at the fitting. Be sure to tighten the fittings to prevent any gas leaks.

Step Five: Final Stages

After making sure the supply lines do not leak, turn on the gas supply, and reconnect the power cord. Reinstall any cabinet drawers or cabinets you removed and replace the knobs, burners, and burner grates.

Installing a new gas cooktop can be done as long as you work carefully -- there is gas involved after all. Make sure you are patient when working with gas cooktops or stoves. Follow manufacture installation directions and don't hesitate to consult a professional if needed.

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