A natural gas cooking stove is less expensive to operate than an electric stove. But, you probably already know that. Unlike an electric stove, you have to be careful when you are connecting or unhooking the gas supply lines though. And, it’s only slightly more complicated to disconnect too.
Maybe you’re moving your natural gas cooking stove to a different home or replacing it with a newer model. Maybe you just need it out of the way for a while while you’re having a new tile or linoleum floor laid in your kitchen. Whatever the reason you may have, you can disconnect your gas stove by yourself in just a matter of time.
While you’re disconnecting the appliance, you shouldn’t smoke or allow anyone else in the house to smoke either. Don’t use a torch, light a match, or make sparks around it either. Use caution and common sense when you’re working with natural gas. Natural gas is highly flammable.
The first step is to carefully pull your stove away from the wall. As long as it’s connected, you can only move it a foot or so. Be careful if the floor underneath is tile or linoleum. You don’t want to scratch, dent or damage it with the legs of the appliance. It’s better to have an assistant help you lift it up and out than just sliding it across the floor.
You can also help to protect the kitchen floor under and in front of your gas stove by placing a rubber mat down. Then, when you move the appliance, you can set it on the rubber mat.
Then, shut off the valve of the natural gas supply line. There should be a valve for this in the basement or crawl space of your house.
The second step is to unplug the electric cord from the wall. Place an old blanket or cover over the top of your natural gas stove. The blanket or cover will help to protect it from scratches and nicks. Then, hang its plug end up and over the natural gas stove so it will be out of the way when you move the appliance.
The third step is to use an adjustable wrench to unhook the gas supply line from is source. The end of the supply line will need to be capped off if you’re not going to use it right away. If you’re not sure how to do this, consult a professional plumber. Fittings can be readily purchased at your local home supply store. You can also consult one of the sales associates at the store.
You’ll also need to unhook the gas supply line from the stove. Be careful not to bend the pipe. If it’s in good condition, you can use it again. Just make sure that you inspect it carefully first before you reuse it. Make sure the pipe is free from holes, crinks, and other damages.
Finally, in order to save your back, use an assistant, an appliance dolly and straps to move your gas stove out of the house.