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Preliminary work

Fitting a cooker involves much more than connecting the rubber hose to the gas pipe in the wall.

Even before fitting the appliance and doing any work, ventilation and clearances must be assessed. The bayonet connection to the rubber hose must be in an appropriate location. The rubber hose itself must be in good condition. Any deviation from any of this and the cooker cannot be connected; work must be carried out to rectify the situation.

After this it’s the actual connection of the cooker to the gas supply.

Cooker commissioning

The next part of the job involves testing the cooker to ensure it is working as intended by the manufacturer and is safe. I’ll be checking combustion, safety devices, thermostat and much more.

When you move house and take your cooker with you, it should be commissioned as above even if it was working fine before. This is because the cooker may have been damaged during transportation but also the new location may not always be appropriate. Ventilation and clearances come to mind.

Why use a gas engineer to fit a cooker?

A boiler is a room-sealed appliance, meaning the air in the room is unaffected by combustion.

A gas fire has an atmospheric sensing device: if the oxygen in the room is depleted, the fire turns off automatically before carbon monoxide builds up.

A gas cooker doesn’t have any of these features that would prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. The flame uses the oxygen in the room for combustion and releases its product of combustion in the same room. That’s why it’s important for any cooker to be fitted professionally.