I might need to do this to unload a gas stove. I didn't know if there was
anything prohibitive about laying one on its back for a short time. Seems
as long as the loose pieces are removed (burner grates, stove top and oven
racks) then it should be ok.
Thanks Blue. May I ask why you say to have it installed professionally?
I'll just be putting the new one in where the old one was. I thought it
would be just a matter of turning off the gas valve as it comes out of the
First, you can't count on the gas piping lining up exactly between the
new and the old stove. Frequently, some pipe has to be added,
subtracted, or moved.
Second, it may be illegal in your area to install a gas stove yourself.
It certainly is illegal here in Massachusetts. In MA, a gas stove (or
any other gas appliance) must be installed by a licensed gas fitter. A
permit must be pulled, and the installation is inspected afterwards.
In most cases, that is all there is to it. It may also have a different
connection and/or location and require some re-piping. I don't know you
skill level so I can't say you should or should not do it. Local codes may
be a factor also. IMO, if you know what you are doing, it is a simple
enough task. If you don't know what you are doing, gas can be a danger if
Leaks is the big problem. It is not enough to just check the connection you
made, others on the line that may have been twisted or turned while you were
working must also be checked.
If it is the back and not the front, I doubt you have to remove the
oven racks. Also, you can probably tape, with good tape, the stove
top. Removing it is difficult because it is attached in the back in
most or all cases. It hinges up for access but even in the old days I
don't think it was easy to take off. You can try, but bring some tape
OTOH, afaik it's not enough to take off the burner grates. Admittedly
the last gas stove I had would be40 years old now, but I don't think
they've changed, and you might not realize how easy the entire burners
come off. Just lift the round part where the pot goes. (I don't think
sparker ignitors make this any harder, but I haven't tried one.) They
go back on easily too, but you should keep track of which was which.
There are definitely differences in all 4 I think. And there may be
some loose little parts around the pilot(s). Maybe not in most cases,
but I have a vagure recollection that I had that once. Of course
most pilots aren't the same anymore as mine was, but I would look
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