gas stove installation requirements

Do You Know these Compulsory Gas Stove Installation Requirements?

When it comes to a functional kitchen upgrade, you can’t go past a new gas stove and cooktop. While it won’t add a lot to your kitchen’s aesthetic, an upgraded gas cooker can make a big difference when it comes time to cook with it.

Installing a gas cooker isn’t as simple as just connecting it to the gas line, however. There are various different statutory requirements that must be met for it to be installed safely and legally.

We’ve been in the gas fitting business for over 25 years and know the ins and outs of these regulations. Here are some of the standards a professional plumber/gas fitter from Metropolitan will ensure your new gas appliances meet.

Gas Cooktop Clearance Requirements

Gas stoves use a naked flame to cook as opposed to electric ovens which just have a heated plate. For safety reasons, this means there are several minimum clearances your new gas stove installation must meet.

These clearances are outlined in the Australian Standard AG/601-AS5601:

  • 600mm from a combustible surface vertically above
  • 200mm clearance horizontally from a combustible surface
  • a non-combustible material must be applied to a 150mm height if the above two clearances cannot be met along the whole length of the cooktop
  • 600mm distance between cooktop and rangehood
  • 750mm distance to exhaust fan

The manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed along with these required clearances. If a minimum clearance is not met or the manufacturer’s specifications are not followed, any insurance or warranty you might want to claim could be voided.

What About Gas Ovens?

Unlike cooktops, gas ovens aren’t subject to the same level of general clearances. In order to receive a compliance certificate as required by Australian regulations, your gas oven must be installed by a licensed gas fitter as per the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

Gas Certificate of Compliance

kitchen with gas cooktop on island

There’s a reason you can’t do any DIY gas work. It’s extremely dangerous if done incorrectly and could result in fire, explosions, or even make your family sick.

Gas work is taken so seriously that you need a certificate of compliance for every gas connection, installation, modification, or replacement. This is a certificate to say the work complies with your state’s gas fitting standards.

Without a certificate, your gas supplier can choose to stop supplying natural gas to your home. Regulations and certificates vary state to state, so you will need a local qualified gas fitter to issue the relevant certificate when they come to replace your old gas stove with a new appliance.

When it comes to cooktop and oven installation requirements, the team at Metropolitan have the required tools and experience to get it right. Our skilled gas fitters can provide same day gas installations that always meet Australian standards. Call us on 1300 367 333 now to book one of our gas fittings specialists today.

No, a fully licensed gas fitter is required to replace a gas cooktop. They will also need to provide you with a certificate of compliance for this work.
You need a fully licensed plumber/gas fitter to install a gas stove or any other gas appliance.
If the gas stove itself is malfunctioning, you will need an appliance technician. If the problem is related to the gas connections, you need a plumber/gas fitter for repairs.
The cost to connect a gas cooker will vary depending on a range of different factors. On top of the supply and installation of a gas cooker, you also need to factor in any additional gas connections, cabinetry alteration and more into the price.

Published: 17 Nov, 2021

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