It is not uncommon to replace your electric stove. The reasons for replacing it could be various. You could be installing a new one in place, remodeling your kitchen, or removing and replacing an old one due to hurricane or flood damage.
Whatever the case may be, the steps to replace an electric stove remain the same. It’s possible to call the appliance store where you bought your cooktop from and get them to do the job. However, it’s always a nice idea to learn how to do it yourself and save money.
The first step before even beginning the removal of the stove is to remove all the parts on top of it. That includes the grills and the burner covers that are present on the stove. Once the upper portion of the stove is removed completely it’s time to take out the stove itself.
The second part involves using a drill to unscrew and remove the cabinet drawers from their place. This is done in order to clear out space to access the gas supply line and the switch to the stove. Once the drawers are removed. Shut down the valve by turning the lever and remove the plug that connects the stove to the socket.
Once the valve is shut and the stove is unplugged from the electric socket, it’s time to unscrew the gas pipeline. Use an adjustable wrench to unfasten the supply line bolt and take out the pipe from the connection.
The next step is to remove the joints that affix the stove on the countertop. In order to do that, you need to unscrew the metal brackets that are placed underneath the countertop and remove them. Once the brackets are removed, you can easily lift the stove along with the gas supply pipe from the surface.
Now it is time to get the new cooktop or stove ready for installation. First off, apply some pipe sealant on the nozzle at the back and screw the regulator on it. Using an adjustable wrench, tighten the regulator. On the other end, screw the flexible gas pipeline and tighten it with a pipe wrench.
Once the coating is dry and sealed completely, gently drop the stove on the countertop opening. Once it’s positioned properly on top, go down and reconnect the other end of the gas line and tighten the connection using two opposing wrenches and open the valve right away.
To test possible leaks, spray soapy water solution on the connection and check for any bubbles that might be forming. Bubbles will indicate leakages and they can be fixed by tightening the gas line properly. Once the connections are in place, connect the power chord back into the electric switch.
Replace the drawers that were uninstalled earlier and affix the screws with the power drill. Install the new knobs on the stove and assemble the burner covers on the stove and place the grills on top.
Do a final check on the positioning as well as check for any loose screws. That’s it! You’re now a proud owner of a new electric stove. If you require further assistance you can watch this video to understand the process and apply it during your own installation.
The cost of replacing appliances in the kitchen depends on the kind of appliance you’re working with as well as the materials involved. For stoves, the installation price can range from $100 to $300, with the national average being $200. As far as the materials are concerned, an electric stove or cooktop can cost you between $430 to $4225 depending on the company that you purchase from. This includes a cooktop that will cost between $320 to $4030 and a $40 connection kit. The overall price for a drop in the electric stove will be around $515 to $7625 including installation charges. You can find all the costs here.
We hope that this guide as well as the costs involved serves as useful information for people who are looking to remove and replace their electric stoves.