So you’ve decided to buy a range cooker and are wondering how to install it? Here’s a few things to you need to consider.
- This is not a DIY job you can do yourself.
- If you’re fitting a dual fuel range cooker or an all gas model, these must be installed by a GAS safe registered engineer (previously known as CORGI) in accordance with gas safety regulations.
- An electric 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.
Fitting a Range Cooker
The first question many people ask about range cooker installation is “what power supply do I need for a range cooker?” The answer very much depends on your choice of fuel, but here is a basic checklist on what you need to have ready to fit a range cooker.
- Check that you have access to a fuel supply within 1.5m of your new cooker’s location (and within the same room).
- If this is a gas range installation, don’t assume that having gas central heating will mean you have a range cooker gas connection.
- If you’re fitting an electric range cooker, you’ll need at least a 32 amp outlet to connect electric cookers consuming more than 3KW (that’s most range cookers) and a 6mm cable. Induction models use more electricity, so a 10mm size cable and a 45 amp breaker will be required.
- If you’re wondering how to install a dual fuel range cooker, you will most likely still require a 6mm cable with a 32 amp breaker, but if yours uses less than 2.99KW, a 13 amp fuse outlet will suffice.
- Check all these details carefully against the manufacturer’s technical information.
- If this is a gas range hook up, you may still need a connection to a 13 amp electrical outlet for gas ignition and timers to work.
- If you use LPG (liquid petroleum gas), make sure your new purchase is suitable for this kind of gas.
- Clear the pathway from your door to your chosen location so that fitters can easily manoeuvre the cooker into place.
- Remember, these are heavy and bulky items, so move any furniture or other obstructions well out of the way.
- Check the dimensions of your new appliance and the width of your doors so that you know the cooker will fit through them.
- It may sound obvious, but check the dimensions of your new range cooker so that you know the appliance will fit into the space you have designated for it.
- Depending on the insulating properties of your model, you may be able to fit your new cooker directly abutting onto kitchen cabinets on either side. However, it is recommended to leave 2.5mm on either side for ease of cleaning and servicing.
- You will need to allow space for the connections behind the new cooker, so if you’re especially keen for your cooker to sit flush with cabinets at the front, you’ll need to check the depth of the cooker against the cabinet measurements.
- 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, to avoid flammable materials from catching fire.
- Cooker hoods should be at least 650mm above the top of the hob – anywhere between 650mm and 750mm is considered ideal.
- 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.
- 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 shouldn’t assume it will be a simple case of out with the old, in with the new.
- Finally, make sure that someone responsible is at home to sign for the installation!
Range Cooker Removal
Many range cooker suppliers will take your old cooker away for you. For a small fee we offer this service here at Appliance City. Just make sure you disconnect your range cooker and move it out of the way before we arrive with the new one, and we’ll ensure that we remove your old appliance and recycle it.
Many local councils also offer this facility – after all, it isn’t easy to know how to dispose of a range cooker. However, you may find that they charge a hefty fee – ours is a very reasonable £19.99 while some authorities charge £50 upwards. What’s more, you won’t have the difficulty of wondering how to move a 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.
The Appliance City recycling service is just one of the ways we aim to offer the best customer service to complement the huge range of range cookers we have on our website. If you still haven’t made your choice, now’s the time to go take a look!