How to Install a Range Cooker

Learn everything you need to know to install a range cooker!

So you’ve decided to buy a range cooker, but now wondering how to install it? Here’s a few things you need to consider:

  • This is NOT a DIY job you can do yourself.
  • If you’re fitting a dual fuel range cooker or a gas range cooker, these must be installed by a GAS safe registered engineer (previously known as CORGI). This is in accordance with gas safety regulations.
  • An induction range cooker must be installed by a qualified electrician in accordance with IEE regulations.
  • You can install a range cooker in a kitchen or open plan area which includes a kitchen. The area should have good light, no draughts, and an adequate air supply.

What To Consider Before Buying a Range Cooker

How Much Space Does a Range Cooker Need?

It’s important to consider how much space a range cooker needs before purchasing one. There are several aspects to this that you will need to plan for:

  • Range cookers come in a variety of sizes, most commonly ranging from widths of 90cm – 150cm. Be sure to check the dimensions of your chosen range cooker, and ensure you have the space for it.
  • You will also need to allow space for the connections behind the new cooker. If you’re especially keen for your cooker to sit flush with the cabinets at the front, you’ll need to check the depth of the cooker against the cabinet measurements.
  • A ventilation gap may be needed for your range cooker if you are installing it next to a refrigeration unit. However, we wouldn’t recommend this setup. Regardless of the layout of your kitchen, we recommend leaving a gap of 2.5mm on either side for ease of cleaning and servicing.
  • There needs to be an adequate space between the top of the hob and your cooker hood. If you have an electric cooktop, there needs to be a space of at least 650mm. For gas tops, you’ll need a space of at least 750mm.
  • The area above your chosen installation slot must be free of any switches, power points, boilers, alarm sensors, wallpaper, wood, fabric wall coverings, curtains, or shelving. This is to avoid a fire hazard.
  • Some models of range cookers require a stability chain for safety. Check if you need this and whether or not it is supplied with any installation package you may have paid for.
An Ilve Milano range cooker finished in white. Situated in a navy blue kitchen featuring copper pans.

Will a Range Cooker Fit Through Your Door?

Another important consideration is how you’ll get your range cooker into the house. If your range cooker doesn’t fit through your door, you’ll have a bit of a problem! It’s therefore essential that you check the dimensions of your chosen range cooker against the dimensions of every door it’ll need to travel through.

Luckily, most range cookers have a depth of 60cm. This is great news because the average UK doorway has a width of 76cm. However, you will still need to take into account any tight corners, and the width of the packaging that the range cooker will arrive in.

Do You Have the Correct Connections?

In order to have your range cooker fitted, you will need to first ensure you have the correct connections. For example, if you’re looking for a gas range cooker you will need a nearby gas connection. We’ll explain which connections you’ll need later.

Without the correct connections, your new range cooker won’t be able to be installed!

If you’re replacing a rather old cooker, you may want to get a registered gas fitter or qualified electrician to check your connections before going ahead with arranging a delivery and installation. New appliances need to be connected in accordance with the latest building regulations, so you may find your old connection doesn’t come up to scratch.

While many manufacturers or retailers offer installation services, these rarely include upgrading out of date connections. You therefore shouldn’t assume it will be a simple case of out with the old, in with the new.

What Floor Level Do You Require Delivery To?

It is important to consider the floor that you need your appliance delivered to. Many delivery companies will be unable to deliver a large appliance, such as a range cooker, to an above ground level floor due to health and safety risks.

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How To Install a Range Cooker

Preparing for Delivery

After purchase, you should have already checked that you have the space needed to accommodate your new range cooker. This includes a gap for it to be fitted into, and the space required to get it there. You should have also checked that you have the right connections.

Create a Pathway

Before your range cooker arrives, you’ll need to clear a pathway from your front door to your chosen location. This will allow the fitters to easily manoeuvre the cooker into place. Remember, these are heavy and bulky items, so it’s important to move any furniture or other obstructions well out of the way.

Check Your Availability

It’s important that you arrange your delivery and installation at a time convenient for yourself. You’ll need to make sure that someone responsible is at home to sign for the installation!

A black rangemaster gas range cooker installed in a white kitchen

Requirements for Installing a Gas Range Cooker

As per gas safety regulations, a gas range cooker will need to be installed by a gas safe registered engineer. Although this means you can’t install it yourself, there are some things you need to check before the installation can happen.

  • You will need to check that you have an appropriate gas fuel supply within 1.5m of your gas cooker’s location. This will also need to be within the same room.
  • Check that the gas supply meets current regulations, especially if it is older.
  • Many people make the mistake of assuming they have a range cooker gas connection because they have gas central heating. This isn’t always the case, and should therefore be checked.
  • A 13 amp electrical outlet may also be needed for gas ignition and timers.
  • Check the manufacturer’s technical information to ensure that your gas supply is adequate.

If you’d prefer, you can have a gas safe engineer come out to check these for you beforehand.

Requirements for Installing an Electric Range Cooker

Installing an electric range cooker is a much simpler task than installing a gas one. However, as per IEE regulations, an induction range cooker should still be fitted by a qualified electrician. In order for installation to take place though, you will need to check a few things:

  • An appropriate electrical supply will need to be in the same room, within 1.5m of your new electric cooker’s location.
  • A 32 amp outlet and 6mm cable is needed to connect a cooker that consumes more than 3KW (that’s most range cookers). Induction models often use more electricity, so a 10mm cable and 45 amp breaker will be required.
  • Always check the manufacturer’s technical information to ensure your electrical supply is adequate.

These requirements also apply to ceramic range cookers.

If you’d prefer, you can have a qualified electrician come out to check this for you beforehand.

Requirements for Installing a Dual Fuel Range Cooker

A dual fuel range cooker uses both gas and electricity. This means that you’ll need to have both an appropriate gas and electrical supply. Furthermore, because a dual fuel range cooker requires a gas connection hook-up, a gas safe engineer will need to install this for you. For a smooth installation, you will need to check the following:

  • Ensure that you have access to both a gas and electric fuel supply in the same room within 1.5m of your dual fuel’s location.
  • Check that the gas supply meets current regulations, especially if it is older.
  • If your range cooker uses more than 3KW, a 32 amp breaker and 6mm cable is required. However, if it uses less than 2.99KW, a 13 amp fuse outlet will suffice.
  • Check all these details carefully against the manufacturer’s technical information.

If you’d prefer, you can have a gas safe engineer or qualified electrician check these for you beforehand.

Requirements for Installing an LPG Range Cooker

If you use LPG (liquid petroleum gas), you’ll need to make sure your new purchase is suitable for this kind of gas. Most dual fuel range cookers can be adapted for LPG, whereas only a few gas models can be.

Always check your models manual before attempting to convert to an LPG system.

What’s the Best Way to Remove a Range Cooker?

Many range cooker suppliers will take your old cooker away for you. In fact, for a small fee you can use the Appliance City recycling service.

To ensure we’re able to recycle your old range cooker, make sure that you disconnect it and move it out of the way before we arrive with the new one. We’ll then be able to remove your old appliance and recycle it.

Many local councils also offer this facility. However, you may find that they charge a hefty fee – ours is a very reasonable £25, while some authorities can charge £50 upwards. What’s more, you won’t have the difficulty of moving your heavy range cooker out onto the street all by yourself, which is what your council refuse collection organisation will most likely expect you to do!

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