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Question DetailsAsked on 4/9/2015

Licensed plumber or non-licensed appliance repairman

The appliance repairmen on the list are not licensed. I need a new stove connected. I read that I should get a licensed and certified gas professional to install a gas stove. I didn't know that plumbers work with gas lines. Not sure if plumbers connect stoves and test the line. I have a gas stove that I am replacing. I bought new lines. Not sure who to hire to hook it up.

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Except in the few states (mostly Northeast) that require Gas Fitters do all gas piping and connections, Plumbers usually do gas line work - and in Gas Fitter required areas most plumbers are also simple gas piping certified.

If this is a replacement stove and the gas line is run to the stove, with a shutoff valve already there, a normal appliance installer - either an Appliance Repairman or commonly an (unlicensed) installer from the store you bought it from (charging typically $0-75 for the install and hauling away the old one) can do this connection easily. They should use a soap solution on the fittings after connecting them to check for bubbling indicating leaks - AND wipe the fittings off with a wet rag or paper towel so the soap does not stay on the fitting, as some types can cause corrosion - but the fittings are made to go together gas-tight so any competent installer should be able to do this. And of course, keep you nose tuned for any gas smell in the area for a few hours after the install and before lighting the stove, just in case.

If you mean there are modifications needed to the gas piping before hooking up the flex hose to the stove, then a Plumber (they should tell you if they can't do it because has to be a gas fitter in your area) can take care of that and install and test the stove for you - assuming you have the power outlet there with matching cord/outlet type for the stove, which you presumably already have if this is a replacement gas stove replacing an earlier gas stove.

The odorant in the gas is VERY pervasive and strong, so pretty much ANY minute leak will smell strongly, so it is very rare for an install to have a leaking fitting without it being obvious pretty much immediately from the smell.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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