How to Install a Gas Stove in London

Updated on Sunday 27th June 2021

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The variety of stoves homeowners can choose from has increased a lot in the last few years, however, gas stoves still remain among the favorite of most persons. When considering having a gas stove installed in a home in London, it should be noted that certain regulations imposed by the authority regulating the energy sector should be respected. This is why our plumbers in London recommend you to carefully choose the right type of gas stove.
Setting up a gas stove in London is very important to be effectuated by a professional because a gas leak in your house can produce a disaster or even be fatal. Therefore, make sure you have a qualified plumber in London do this job in order to avoid any unpleasant situations. With the help of our local plumbers, you can have any type of stove safely installed in your home in London.

What to consider when buying a gas stove for a London home in 2021

There are several types of gas stoves one can choose from nowadays, however, there are a few aspects which should be considered when purchasing such a kitchen appliance:
  1.           measure the space where the gas stove will be located, if you decide for a free-standing stove;
  2.           you should have customized furniture if you decide on a kitchen hob which comes with a built-in oven;
  3.           make sure the gas stove will be located close to the main supply line in order to avoid improvisations;
  4.           make sure the stove you purchase is a gas one and not an LPG one.

Another tip when buying a new gas stove is to stick to your previous setup arrangements unless you are remodeling the kitchen, case in which you can change the type of stove or even go for a cooktop and separate oven.

The price should also be considered when buying a new gas stove: the prices vary a lot based on the functions of the stove, however, our specialists advise you to choose based on your cooking habits and daily use instead of going for pricy objects with functions you will not use.

Our emergency plumber in London can make a few recommendations on how to purchase the right type of gas stove based on your preferences.

Placing the gas stove in the kitchen

A very important aspect which should be considered when installing or replacing a gas stove is the place where it will be placed. Because gas stoves heat during use, it is recommended not to put them next to wood furniture. If the stove is surrounded by any wall, it should be heat resistant in order to avoid accidents. Most of the times, the wall against which the gas stove is placed is covered by ceramic tiles.

It is also advisable to check the manufacturer’s recommendations related to how to place the stove in the kitchen. The instructions manual will also contain important information on the types of pipes the stove can be connected to and the types of gas fitters that can be used.

Having a gas stove installed in a home in London is not an easy job, which is why our local plumbers offer the needed help in such cases.

Gas stoves and other appliances

It is very common for the gas stove to be connected to various types of other kitchen appliances. Among these, cooktops, range hoods, or exhaust fans. One of the most important things to consider is the distance from these appliances. The minimum distance between the burner of the stove and the hood should be at least 60 cm, while between the burner and the exhaust fan can go up to 1 meter.

You can find out the basics of installing a gas stove in London in the video below: 


Why choose a gas stove for a kitchen in London in 2021?

With a wide variety of stoves available, gas stoves have started becoming less and less used as electric hobs took their place in most homes. However, the greatest chefs in the world still use gas stoves in their restaurants. There are a few good reasons they choose them, one of the most important being their reliance: gas stoves are very resistant and hardly ever break. Also, the heat emanated by gas stoves is evenly distributed under the cookware and the power of the flame can be controlled just like in the case of electric hobs.

Gas stoves also come in a variety of models: one can choose freestanding stoves which are made of both cooktops and ovens, gas cooktops and ovens can also come separately, and the latest invention comes in the form of gas stoves with electric ovens.

Gas stove connectors in London

Another important aspect to consider when having a gas stove installed in your kitchen is the connector which hooks the stove to the main gas pipe. There are two types of connectors used in most households: the flexible connector and the threaded connector which is actually a black steel pipe. These connectors can also be used to hook up other appliances to the gas stove, such as the gas range, the cooking hood or even a water heater (which will come attached to the main gas pipe).

Most of the times, our emergency plumber in London will use flexible corrugated connections which also come with special pipe fittings. These are also easier to find with local hardware stores. Flexible connectors are made of stainless steel or brass and they are safe and legal to use. It is very important to respect the legal requirements related to the use of various connectors and pipe sizes when it comes to having a gas stove installed in your home in London. Luckily, our local plumbers have been working in this industry for quite a while and can make safe recommendations related to the use of various appliances which work with the gas pipes authorized by the Energy Market Authority in London (EMA).

In order to respect the EMA’s regulations, you will need to purchase connectors bearing the mark for the type of appliance you intend to use (our plumbers in London can also guide in buying the right type of connectors).

The connectors must come packaged with all fittings and must also have the right size. The size of the connector will be advised to you once one of our local plumbers has inspected the kitchen. Most of the connectors come with 24 to 60 inches lengths.

We can also help homeowners to install electric stoves in London, as this new trend is becoming quite popular in the city-state. We can also help you make a comparison between the two types of stoves in order to make the right decision.

Hooking up the gas range in London

The first step in installing a gas stove in London is hooking up the gas range. To do so, our plumbers in London do the following:
  • pulling out of range: the range is pulled out and the gas cock is turned off. The gas is shut off when the lever is located at a right angle to the pipe;
  • wrapping the pipe threads: a Teflon pipe-joint tape is wrapped two times around the threads in a clockwise direction. The ½ in x ¾ in coupling is fitted into the ¾ in end connector fixture because ½ in end fitting connectors at both ends cannot always be found;
  • screwing the connector to the gas pipe: the end connector fixture is removed and the unbeveled end is wrapped with Teflon tape, then it is screwed to the gas pipe. Both of the removable end fixtures are always used. Our emergency plumber in London take the precaution measure of never screwing the connector nuts which are found at the ends of the corrugated tube to a black gas fixture or line because this would certainly cause a gas leak;
  • using a street elbow: a ½ in x ½ in the street elbow is screwed into the range gas port. Afterward, the other end fixture of the connector is screwed into the street elbow;
  • tightening the nuts: the connector nuts are tightened to the two end connector fixtures. When doing so, the tube is held straight against the fixture;
  • verifying for any leaks: the gas cock is turned on in a vertical position and the range burners are lit for around a minute to eliminate the air from the gas line. Next, all the joints which have been made are sprayed with a gas leak detector.

Buying the right gas stove connector in London

When setting up a new gas stove in London, we recommend you not to reuse an old connector. Therefore, before starting the job, our plumber in London can help you acquire a new one.

Types of gas lines in London

There are two important gas lines in London to which the central system is linked to. London homeowners will usually connect to the town gas system which was designated by the EMA for residential users for cooking and heating purposes. The other line is used for generating electricity, so it is possible for a household to be connected to both lines. However, our plumbers in London can help you install the gas stove to the right line.

If you have any questions related to the installation of a gas stove in London, our local plumbers are at your disposal with complete information.

Requirements for the safe use of gas in London

The London Energy Market Authority has issued various guidelines and regulations related to the correct exploitation of gas utilities. The requirements established by the Authority need to be respected by both residential and commercial consumers. If for household consumers the regulations are not that stringent, for commercial ones, they are quite clear.

Those want to have gas stoves installed in newly built houses or apartments must use licensed companies to do the task. Then, the replacement of any appliance using gas can be completed with specialized professionals. Our plumbers in London can help you in this regard, as we are authorized to perform such operations.

Once the gas stove is installed, the homeowner must have the gas system and piping periodically inspected.

The EMA has also issued a guide on how gas stoves can be properly exploited. The guide contains advice on how the gas stove should be used and how gas accidents can be avoided. Our plumbers in London can also offer advice in this sense.

If you need to have a gas stove installed in your home in London, do not hesitate to call for professional help.

The gas market in London 

As mentioned earlier, gas is one of the most important natural resources in London as it is used for both cooking and heating purposes, but also for electricity production. With an increasing population, the number of household gas consumers has increased in the last few years.

In the past few years, the gas price in London did not have important fluctuations, as the indicators below show:
  • in 2016, the total energy consumption of natural gas at the country level was 1,360 kilotons;
  • in the same year, industry-related consumers accounted for 1,193 kilotons of gas;
  • commercial consumers accounted for 92 kilotons of gas;
  • household consumers accounted for nearly 61 kilotons of gas in the same year.

For complete gas stove installation services in London, you can rely on our local plumbers.

Assistance in installing a gas stove in London in 2021

Even if most homeowners consider that installing a gas stove is simple, easy and a do-it-yourself job, things are not quite like that. A wrong or loose connection can lead to gas leaks and other malfunctions which are very dangerous. With specialized help from our emergency plumber in London, the homeowner will avoid all that.

Our local plumbers can help homeowners in London with various services, including the installation of all types of gas stoves, including detection of gas leaks. They will check all the parameters of the stove and make sure it works perfectly before leaving. They will also recommend the licensed fittings and gas connectors in order to ensure correct installation of the stove.

If you need to install a gas stoveour plumbers can help you. You must know that you need to complete this procedure with the assistance of specialists in the field and that it is by no means a process that you should do on your own, unless you are already a certified specialist. The rules and regulations applicable in 2021 forbid any person to handle this procedure without having a certification, as this can have a potential risk on the life of your family members, as well as other neighbors. 
If you would like to set up a gas stove in London without dangerous leaks, or for any other kind of plumbing services in London, we invite you to get in touch with us. You can rely on us for a wide variety of professional services in the plumbing field.
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