How to install a gas or electric stove
Installing a gas or electric stove, also known as a range, on your own may seem complicated at first, but the appliance can be set up at home with the right tools and precautions. Whether you are replacing an old electric range, remodeling or installing a gas range for the first time, this step-by-step guide can walk you through the general process.
Get an overview of how to install gas and electric ranges below. Be sure to refer to the installation guide for your specific model before installing as instructions may vary.
When handling gas and electric stoves, it is strongly recommended to have another person to help move the appliance. For questions or concerns with gas connections or electrical wiring, consult a professional for assistance.
Take your measurements
The first step to installing either a gas or electric slide-in or freestanding range is to measure the dimensions of the appliance and your cutout space.
Determine the depth, width and height to ensure your appliance fits in its desired location.
For more information and best practices on measuring stove dimensions, refer to this in-depth sizing guide.
Be mindful of the different sizes and placement of slide-in vs. freestanding ranges during your installation process.
Installing slide-in ranges
Slide-in ranges are designed to sit nearly flush with countertops for a seamless, precision fit. While these stoves are typically installed between cabinets or in kitchen islands, select slide-in ranges, like this Whirlpool® 7-in-1 Air Fry Oven, has finished sides and can be installed anywhere in your kitchen. Generally, slide-in ranges lack a backguard and the controls are located on the front or top of the range.
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Installing freestanding ranges
Freestanding ranges feature an integrated backguard to protect your wall from splashes, making it ideal for flexible placement with no need for a separate backsplash. Freestanding ranges may be placed standalone or between countertops.
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Installing a gas range: step-by-step instructions
Installing a gas range is a two-person job that can be accomplished with a few tools, precautions and your installation instructions. Use this eight-step guide as a general overview. From start to finish, account for roughly four to six hours for a gas range installation.
Be mindful to refer to your appliance installation guide for specific instructions. If a gas line needs to be installed, consult a professional for assistance.
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What you’ll need to install a gas range
Gas range flex connector (drying gas connector)
Teflon pipe-joint tape
½ inch by ½ inch street elbow (pipe fitting)
Gas leak detector
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Installing an electric range: step-by-step instructions
Installing an electric range can be accomplished with this seven-step guide, a few tools and another person. Refer to your owner’s manual for specific instructions, and contact a professional electrician for required electrical circuits and installation. This process can take up to two hours from start to finish.
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What you’ll need to install an electric range
3-prong electric range power cord, refer to owner’s manual for requirements
4-prong electric range power cord, refer to owner’s manual for requirements
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Kitchen range installation FAQs
For common questions and best practices on installing gas and electric stoves from Whirlpool, refer to the FAQs below.
Can I install a gas or electric range myself?
The process of installing a gas or electric range requires at least two people due to the large size and bulkiness of most stoves. This helps avoid damage and advocates a smooth installation process.
Following your appliance’s installation guide for specific instructions will allow you to conveniently install a gas or electric range yourself.
Can I change my electric stove to gas?
If your kitchen has an existing gas connection conveniently near your electric stove, transitioning to gas can be as simple as connecting to the gas line.
However, if a gas connection is not present, a professional will need to be consulted to properly install a gas line for your range.
Do you need a special outlet for an electric stove?
Electric stoves generate more power and typically operate at 250 volts, as opposed to standard 120 volts. Therefore, a 250-volt, 40-50 amp receptacle is generally required to plug in an electric stove with either a 3-prong or 4-prong outlet.
Full installation instructions typically have a chart to determine what is needed based on the total wattage of your model.
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