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Your gas stove may need to be disconnected for many reasons. This may be due to any cleaning, replacement of any damaged parts, or complete replacement of the appliances. Whatever the case, you must first know how to disconnect a gas stove and gas line properly. Although this task isn’t so complicated, you have to be careful.
Remember, in case of any problem with the gas stove, the gas must be turned off first. If you turn off the gas, you will at least be saved from any major damage. You may not have the experience to do these tasks yourself. Don’t worry, in this article, we will explain how you turn off the gas and disconnect a gas stove properly.
Home appliances that typically use natural gas or liquefied propane gas carry a higher risk of a potential fire. So, to prepare for safety it’s good to know where the gas shuttle valves of these appliances are.
As a precaution, if there is a gas smell in your house, and it is very strong, you should leave the house immediately and call the utility company to check the problem. This can lead to a very bad stage, including the risk of an explosion. Utilities usually perform this emergency inspection quickly and free of charge, requiring the use of special sensitive equipment to locate the leak, which they have.
How to Turn Off Gas to the Stove?
Sep 1. Find the Main Gas Shutoff Valve
Most homes have two shutoff valves for the whole house. The location of the two main gas valves may vary depending on the location of your home and the age of your home. The side valve of the house is owned and made for use by the owner of the house. The main shutoff valve on the side of the house may have been marked by a black iron pipe in place of the valve.
Your gas meter will usually be on the outside of the house, or after the gas line enters the house it’s tucked away directly in the basement. If your meter is in the basement, it is often next to a window so that the meter can read from the outside of the house.
Outside valve or street-side main gas shutoff valve, owned by a utility company and not for homeowner use. This shutoff valve should only be used when the side valve in the house is inoperable.
Step 2. Turn Off the Gas
Turn off the gas in your home using the side shutoff valve. First, move the lever to the right side of the pipe and wait. This will stop the flow of gas into your home, but it will take some time as there is some gas left in the line. It may take a short time to exhaust.
If you do not have a side valve in your home, or it does not work properly, you can use a large, adjustable wrench to operate the roadside valve. Turn the valve a quarter on both sides and place the valve on the pipe crosswise or vertically.
Remember, you need to turn off the main gas supply first. So, before turning off the gas, make sure there are enough reasons to do so. This is because a visit to the gas company will probably be required to restart the gas after the gas is turned off. So it should be done only in important and urgent situations.
Step 3. Make Sure the Gas Is Off
At this stage again make sure your gas is off. Check the gas valve to make sure your gas is off and make sure it’s in a perpendicular position to the gas line. If you suspect that you have a faulty valve, you can be sure to hear the sound of gas flowing through the pipes or see if the previously lit pilot light is still on. If you still suspect there is a problem with your system, call your gas company to inspect your gas line, don’t take the risk. They’ll be able to make sure that the gas is off and that there is a problem with your system.
Step 4. Call the Gas Connector
When you agree to do this you need to be mentally prepared that the main valve for your gas system is closed, meaning you will be without gas for a few hours. So, don’t cry (fun) for it.
Then call your gas company without trying to turn on the main supply yourself. They inspect the leak before operating the valve and then connect if the pilot lights any gas material that has been safely re-ignited. This should be done for your home appliances.
Is It Safe to Disconnect a Gas Stove?
Many homeowners mistakenly believe the task is risky. It’s not at all safe for them to disconnect the stove on their own. They pay by calling a professional to ensure everything is safe and proper.
However, it has both positive and negative aspects. The positive side is to be 100% risk-free. If there is any leakage or any other problem with your stove, you can identify and fix it. And the downside is the extra hassle and the unnecessary expense.
But if you are interested in doing the work yourself, then you must understand the most important thing is to check the leaks. If you get an unusual smell in the air of the house then the task is not for you, stop! Just turn off the gas and call a professional.
And even if you don’t get the smell, you have to make sure that there is no leak in the gas line of your stove. Although it’s a bit difficult to determine because you’ll get the smell of some gas from the connecting hose. There is nothing to do, you have to decide based on your sense of smell.
You can check another way. Apply the solution to your gas line by making a mixture of soap and water and leave it for a few minutes. If you notice any bubbles forming in the line or connection, be careful and call a professional. Before that, if possible, tighten the connection using a pipe wrench where you got the leak.
How to Disconnect a Gas Stove?
If done with attention and caution, disconnecting a gas stove isn’t a complicated task. You may be hesitant to deal with it yourself, but there is nothing to worry about. If you pay attention to the following steps and follow the instructions carefully, you will be able to do the job successfully without the possibility of damage to your home.
Step 1. Turn Off the Gas Connection
First, turn off the gas connection. Stove or range gas line connections are usually found behind the stove. The valve needs a turn of about 90 degrees to turn off the gas.
Disconnect the hose and immediately remove it and spray some soapy water solution on the gas line connection in the manner described above. This is a good time to check if there are any possible gas leaks in the line.
Step 2. Cap the Pipe
When you are disconnecting the stove it’s best to cap the pipe until it’s ready to install the stove anew. Many sealers or threaded caps can be bought in the market at a relatively low price.
Pipe caps are meant to protect you and your home from risk. Also if someone accidentally hits the valve and opens it during your working process, there could be a major accident. This will prevent that accident or any large gas leak inside your home. If you want to be more risk-free, close the main shutoff valve of the house.
Step 3. Reconnect the Gas Line
Some experts recommend using pipe dope. “Pipe dope” is the description of the thread sealant of the pipe, it creates a great seal between the new pipe and the valve. However, it’s only approved for natural gas lines.
Once the new connection is in effect, you can spray it with soapy water again to check for leaks, and make sure you check the bubbles.
Step 4. Remove the Stove
After successfully completing the above tasks, carefully remove the stove. Be careful not to damage any other furniture or floor in the house, or to damage the stove.
We always recommend that you don’t rely on anyone else for the job you can do or for a job as much as you can. We’ve discussed above how to disconnect a gas stove, and how to turn off the gas line. Hopefully, you will succeed if you follow it properly. But again, if you smell gas leaking while doing the job, don’t delay, call the gas leak emergency line.