Ovens and stoves in Australian kitchens must be fitted according to various government regulations and the manufacturer's instructions. These appliances will need to be installed by professional plumbers/gasfitters and electricians because they consume gas and electricity (and usually are roughed into mains connections).

A qualified tradesperson will have the necessary credentials to guarantee that your gas cooktop installation is fitted correctly and safely. In this post, we go over four factors that necessitate the importance of hiring a reputable gas plumber for your cooktop installation and why this job isn't a DIY project.

But First, Choose the Most Appropriate Gas Cooktop for YOU

Before considering your cooktop installation, you must choose the best type of model that will be the most convenient for you and your household. Upgrading is also the ideal moment to make any other significant modifications – for example, consider the size stove you need, one with 3 or 4 burners or a larger one with 5 or 6 burners?

It's pointless to stick to a tight budget if it means buying an appliance that can't handle huge pots and pans you like to use while cooking for a large household. If a 60cm gas stove isn't cutting it, rethink your kitchen layout and see if you can fit a 90cm cooktop in there. The additional 30cm allows for a huge burner, ideal for large pots that might otherwise obstruct a smaller cooktop.

Ensure All Legal Clearances and Measurements are Satisfied

Gas cooktops installations must adhere to a set of well-structured and comprehensive rules in Australia. The most recent changes to AS/NZA 5601.1 were made in 2020, and it's a difficult challenge for any home DIYer to grasp. Access to the most up-to-date knowledge and ongoing training is a prerequisite for every certified gas fitter.

There are extra safety considerations to take with gas cooktop installations since they have an open flame. The following are minimum requirements:

  • There is a 60cm vertical clearance between the cooktop's highest position and anything above it (rangehood, cupboard).
  • A 20cm horizontal space between the cooktop and the surrounding items.
  • An exhaust fan requires 75cm of clearance, whereas a rangehood requires 60cm.
  • The back of the gas oven has a 15cm ventilation gap.
  • Appropriate fire-resistant material should be used when specific distances cannot be fulfilled.

The measurements mentioned above are just a few to think about when installing a gas oven or cooktop, there is a lot more to learn, and research is essential. However, with a skilled gas plumber, installation can be done quickly! 

Ensure Your Tradesperson is Licenced

A professional gas electrician must install gas fittings to fulfil Australian regulations. Even if your primary concern is the final appearance, a gas fitter will be concerned about safety, performance, and compliance.

Installation of a gas stove or appliance is simple when everything is in order. Any disruption in the gas supply, on the other hand, immediately raises the danger. For example, a professional gas fitter is always necessary for safe, controlled gas appliance installation.

You must be sure that your installation is a qualified gas fitter. While hiring a local plumber may be a straightforward decision, are their credentials genuinely updated? If warranties aren't properly certified, they won't be valid, and your safety might be jeopardised.

It's critical to work following Australian standards at all times. Alan Oxford always does, and with every gas appliance installation and commissioning, our gas plumbers will issue a certificate of conformity to ensure everything is legal.

You should be given a compliance certificate after your oven and gas cooktop is installed, just as you should be given one after any work done by gas plumbers, gasfitters, or electricians. This certifies that your oven or cooktop has been installed in accordance with the relevant regulations and that it has been tested to ensure that it is safe and functions properly.

How Much Does Gas Cooktop Installation Cost?

The cost of gas cooktop installation can dramatically increase depending on various factors, and different parts of the nation have different labour rates. Depending on how much work needs to be done, the installation might take anywhere from 2 to 8 hours. Some factors that impact the cost of a gas cooktop installation:

  • The size, type, and brand of cooktop you pick might impact the price. For example, some units can cost approximately three times as much as others from a different manufacturer!
  • The project's intricacy will significantly influence the installation cost. A vent is necessary on all cooktops. The installation cost will skyrocket if a vent is required or if a significant electrical upgrade is required.
  • Installing a stove on one of the outside walls may be less expensive than installing one in the centre. This is due to the fact that the vent is closer to the exterior and requires less effort. 

Reach Out Today

After you've bought a high-quality cooktop, you'll want to be sure it's installed correctly. So, if you choose an electric cooktop, you'll need to hire an electrician to set it up and make necessary adjustments. In addition, you'll need a gas outfitter to link up the gas line for a gas stove installation.

Alan Oxford's expert gas plumbers in Sydney will come to your property and advise you on your specific circumstances detailing which plumbing upgrades can help you save the most.

Are you looking for a Gas Plumber Near Me? Alan Oxford's Plumbing & Electrical are your local expert Sydney Gas Plumbers for gas cooktop installations or a new hot water installation. At Alan Oxford's Plumbing & Electrical, we have specialist emergency gas plumbers who can help you keep your water usage efficient and cost-effective for customers in Parramatta, Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills, and The Hills Shire.

Our plumbers & electricians are very well priced and give our customers peace of mind for all plumbing and electrical services. We provide a customer service guarantee and a 24hr emergency plumbing & electrical service, to ensure we can help you at your time of need. For more information on why you should choose Alan Oxford's Plumbing & Electrical for all your plumbing & electrical services, please contact our friendly team on (02) 9894 9623 to arrange a booking.

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