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Considerations For Installing A Gas Cooktop In Your Kitchen

Time to install a gas cooktop but not sure where to start? This guide details what you need to consider before installing your new gas hob top in your kitchen!

When you've remodelled the kitchen, it's only natural to install a new cooktop that'll match the new kitchen aesthetics. But it's easier said than done. 

Placing the cooktop in the kitchen countertop in a precut opening and attaching it with the existing gas line is quite simple and probably the easiest part of kitchen remodelling. But preparing the space on the countertop, checking the gas lines, and planning the entire installation process require some heavy-duty work. 

You'll need extensive knowledge about different cooktops and their dimensions, fire codes, gas line installations, and clearance requirements. On top of this, you may also need to hire professional help to check the gas lines to avoid gas leaks. Thus, to make it a bit easier for you, we'll discuss the factors you must consider while installing a new gas cooktop. 

So, without any further ado, let's get started!

What Are The Factors To Consider While Installing A Gas Cooktop?

Gas Cooktop Installed Modern Kitchen

1. Electric And Gas Requirements 

Before installing a gas cooktop, you must check whether all the necessary gas and electrical lines are in place. You'll need a half-inch gas line with a shutoff valve within a 3-feet range of the cooktop's location. 

Secondly, you have to install a 15-ampere electrical circuit that's breaker-protected and has a grounded electrical receptacle. The receptacle must be mounted below the gas cooktop inside the cabinet space to power up the spark igniters. 

If you're replacing an old cooktop with a new one, you'll already have the gas and electrical lines. However, if you plan the cooktop in a completely remodelled or new kitchen, hire professional experts who can install the electrical and gas lines

2. Installation Styles And Cooktop Sizes 

It's best to always consider the dimensions of the cooktop and available space on your countertop before the installation. Generally, the length of a cooktop can vary from 30 to 36 inches, having a width of 21 to 22 inches. If you choose any cooktop within this range, you can install it on a standard 24-inch countertop. 

The front edge of your cooktop will lie parallel to the base cabinets, and it'll be placed between the front edge and backsplash of your countertop. Furthermore, the cooktops' depth usually ranges from 3.5 to 14 inches. While shallower cooktops have control buttons on the top, deeper ones come with control buttons on the front face. 

You need to consider these dimensions for planning the successful installation of your cooktop. For instance, if the cooktop has knobs on the top, it must be placed into a cutout space between your countertop's front edge and backsplash. However, if the knobs are on the front face, the entire front edge of your countertop needs to be removed. 

Installing Plates Gas Cooktop

3. Planning The Clearances

A gas cooktop can heat the entire countertop while you're using it. It's essential to plan the minimum clearances around the cooktop while installing it to avoid any fire damage to the cabinets and kitchen walls. 

The clearances might vary based on the size of your cooktop and installation planning. If you install a 36-inch cooktop, maintain a 30-inch gap between the gas cooktop and the kitchen cabinet directly above it. You can also install a hood over your cooktop in this space to protect the cabinet surface from the heat. 

Also, make sure to keep a distance of 6 inches between the cooktop cutout and the sidewalls of your kitchen cabinets. You might also need to cut out the sidewalls to make the required clearance. Furthermore, there must be a gap of around 2-¼ inches between the back wall of the countertop and your newly installed gas cooktop. 

4. Cutting The Countertop 

Depending on the material of the countertop, you can prepare the cutout for the cooktop yourself or hire a professional. If the countertop is stone, call a professional straight away because there's no point in getting into a hazardous situation by trying to cut it yourself.

If the countertop has solid surfacing, you can try to cut it using a powerful plunge router and a carbide blade. But, be careful and only do it yourself if you have enough experience. In contrast, it's much easier to cut a countertop with a plastic laminate using a power drill and a saw. 

Furthermore, if you want to prepare the cutout yourself, it's always good to prepare a template first. You can use the dimensions and clearance specifications of the cooktop while preparing the template. Once you've organised the template, lay it on the countertop, draw the necessary cut lines, and start cutting. 

Ensure that you tightly secure the counter so that the cutout doesn't fall off while working on the countertop. You can also use masking tapes to avoid excess chipping if you have a plastic laminate countertop. Be careful and wear your protective gear while preparing the cutout for the cooktop. 

5. The Installation Process 

Once the gas supply line is ready, you have prepared the countertop cutout and followed all the clearance specifications, it's time to install the gas cooktop. Unpack the cooktop and carefully read the instruction manual for installing it. Also, check all the supplies and parts that you'll need to hook the cooktop with the gas line. 

Before installing the cooktop, cover the cutout's inside edges with foil tape to prevent heat damage from the cooktop. Now, attach all the necessary parts that came with the package to the cooktop's pipe joint to hook it to the gas line. 

Once you've placed the cooktop into the cutout, it's time to screw it up tightly to the countertop and secure the whole assembled unit. Be careful not to over-screw it because it might crack the countertop material. 

6. Check Gas Connections 

Before you plug the power cord of the cooktop into the gas outlet, check every gas joint for gas leaks. Make a solution of dishwashing soap and brush the frothy solution on the entire gas connection covering every joint. 

If the soapy solution starts to bubble up at any gas joint, you've got a leak. Once you've detected the leak, tighten those joints and test them again in the same way. 

Person Installing Gas Cooktop Kitchen

Gas Cooktop Installation In Your Kitchen

We come to the end of our guide regarding the factors you need to consider while installing a gas cooktop. Even though the entire installation process isn't an easy task, we hope you now have a better idea of how to get the job done. 

For hassle-free installation of your gas cooktop in your kitchen, call Fixed Today's licensed gas fitters. We can also perform regular gas leak inspections to avoid burst gas pipes.

Once you've installed the cooktop and connected it to the gas line, assemble the burners and ignite them to check the flames. If everything is working properly, place the grates, and you're good to go.

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