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How to Install an Electric or Gas Stove

Installing an electric or gas stove, also known as a range, is a project that can be tackled with the right tools and precautions. Whether you are replacing a gas range or installing an electric stove for the first time, this step-by-step guide provides an overview of the installation process. Exact instructions may vary by model and brand. Be sure to consult the installation instructions for your appliance model.

When handling electric and gas stoves, it is recommended to have another person on hand to help move the appliance. For questions or concerns with gas connections or electrical wiring, consult a professional for installation assistance.

Learn how to install gas and electric ranges below.

Make sure the new stove will fit

The first step to installing either a gas or electric stove is to measure the dimensions of the appliance and your cutout space to ensure a proper fit. Be mindful of the different sizes and placement of slide-in vs. freestanding ranges during your installation process. Slide-in ranges are designed to align flush with your countertops, whereas freestanding ranges can be placed as a standalone appliance or between countertops.

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How to install an electric stove in six steps

Installing an electric stove from Maytag brand can be handled with this six-step guide and the installation instructions for your model. This process may take up to two hours from start to finish. Be mindful to refer to your appliance installation guide for specific instructions. Consult a professional electrician for required electrical circuits and wiring.

Electric stove installation: what you’ll need

Electric stoves require certain volt circuits and amp receptacles to function properly. Consult a licensed electrician for questions or concerns.

Supplies

  • Slide-in or freestanding 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

Tools

  • Screwdriver
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Step 1: Check the circuit voltage

Generally, a 250-volt circuit and a receptacle with 40 amps are the minimum requirements to install an electric range for consistent performance. A voltage detector can be used to check the outlet’s voltage. If you are replacing an old electric stove, the circuit and receptacle may already meet these requirements. If a 250-volt circuit is not present, a licensed electrician will need to install one.

 

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Step 2: Check the power cords

250-volt power cords come in 3- and 4-wire models that connect to the back of your stove into the corresponding color-coded ports.

  • 3- and 4-wire configurations contain one black conductor, one red conductor and a white conductor that is used as the grounded link.

  • 4-wire cords also contain a grounded link that is green.

Maytag offers power cords and stove accessories to get your installation finished.

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Step 3: Check the connections in the back your stove

Always refer to your owner’s manual for specific instructions on the required electrical circuits. Newer electric stoves typically have 4-wire connections.

  • Detach the wire connection cover plate from the back of your range with a screwdriver.

  • Locate the wiring configuration and ground conductor screws for either 3-wire or 4-wire placement.

Contact a licensed electrician to configure the grounding connections, if necessary.

 

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Step 4: Connect the power cord to the back of the stove

Depending on your range, connect the 3-wire or 4-wire configurations to their corresponding colors.

  • For 3-wired, ensure that the white grounded wire is connected to the center port. The red and black wires will be on either side.

  • For 4-wired, secure the green wire to the green grounding connector and connect the rest of the wires with their ports.

  • Make sure the wires are secured, and reattach the wire connection cover plate.

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Step 5: Plug in the appliance

Once the wiring is connected, shut off the power circuit in your home that is connected to the stove. Next, plug the power cord into the electrical outlet.

  • Make sure the outlet is solely dedicated for the range.

  • Turn your main power circuit back on.

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Step 6: Slide the range into place

Due to the heavy size and bulkiness of most electric stoves, gently slide it into place with another person.

  • Make sure the appliance is level and properly aligned by adjusting the leveling legs, if needed.

  • Install the anti-tip bracket for secure installation.

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How to install a gas stove in eight steps

With a few tools, the help of another person and this convenient eight-step guide, installing a gas stove can be tackled in roughly four to six hours. Always refer to your owner’s manual for specific installation instructions for your Maytag® gas stove. Contact a professional if a gas line needs to be installed. 

What you’ll need to install a gas range

Dealing with gas connections may pose a risk. For questions or concerns during your installation process, consult a professional for dependable handling and connecting.

Supplies

  • Slide-in or freestanding gas range

  • Gas stove tube or connector 

  • Yellow Teflon® pipe-joint tape, if necessary

  • ½ inch by ½ inch street elbow

  • Gas leak detector

Tools

  • Adjustable wrench
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Step 1: Check the gas connector or tube

If you are replacing a gas stove, always use a new gas stove connector or tube to help prevent gas leaks. Your owner’s manual will dictate the specific connector type that is needed. Ensure that the connector is long enough to connect the range and gas valve. Typically, the connectors are approximately ½ inch in diameter.

 

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Step 2: Turn off the gas

Before connecting or disconnecting your appliance, make sure to shut off the gas valve to your stove. In most cases, turn the shut-off valve 90 degrees to turn it off. If you are replacing a gas stove, disconnect the existing appliance.

For concerns about your gas connection or shut-off valve, consult a professional for assistance.

 

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Step 3: Wrap gas valve threads

Wrap the gas valve threads with yellow Teflon® tape two times in a clockwise motion to help minimize the risk of gas leaks. 

 

Note: Do not use Teflon® tape to wrap LP gas piping or tubings. Refer to your installation guide and consult a professional if you are unsure or have questions.

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Step 4: Connect the gas tube

Attach the gas connector or tube to the gas valve port.

  • Remove the end cap on the connector.

  • Screw the connector or tube into the gas valve port.

Do not force the connector into the gas line, and make sure the tube is free of kinks and has leeway.

 

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Step 5: Connect the street elbow

Secure the street elbow to the gas port on your range.

  • Screw the street elbow into the stove’s gas port.

  • Attach the free end of the street elbow to the free end of the gas connector or tube.

  • Use yellow Teflon tape to wrap the fittings. Be mindful to not overtighten.

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Step 6: Tighten the gas connector nuts

On both ends of the gas connector, tighten the nuts to the connector fittings.

  • Hold the tube straight during this step.

  • Do not wrap the threads with yellow Teflon tape.

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Step 7: Check for gas leaks

As a precaution, it is strongly recommended to consult a professional to inspect the connection for gas leaks. Gas leaks cannot always be detected by smell.

  • Turn the gas back on.

  • Spray the connector joint with a gas leak detector.

  • If bubbles appear, turn off the gas and contact a professional immediately.

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Maytag Tip

Warm water mixed with soap can be used as an alternative tool to locate a gas leak.

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Step 8: Slide gas range into cutout space

Assuming there are no gas leaks present, push your stove into place with another person.

  • Confirm that your stove is aligned and level with the floor.

  • Adjust leveling feet on bottom of range, if necessary.

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Stove installation FAQs

For common questions and dependable performance, refer to the FAQs below for installing gas or electric stoves from Maytag.

Does electric stove installation require a specific electric outlet?

Yes. For installation and proper function, electric stoves generally require a 250-volt circuit and 40-50 amp receptacle. If the required electrical circuit is not present, a licensed electrician will need to install it. Full installation instructions typically have a chart to determine what is needed based on the total wattage of your model.

Are there specific gas stove installation requirements I should know about before beginning installation?

An existing gas connection is necessary in order to install a gas range. If a gas connection is not present, a professional will have to be contacted for installation.

Can I replace my electric stove with a gas stove, or vice versa?

Electric and gas stoves may replace each other if the proper gas or electrical connections are installed and conveniently placed. Remember, gas stoves require an existing gas connection, while electric stoves need a 250-volt circuit and a 50 amp receptacle. However, if a gas connection or electrical circuit is not present, professional installation will be needed for each, respectively. 

How much does it cost to install a gas stove?

Maytag offers a wide variety of gas stoves to suit your family’s needs. Standard gas stoves generally range from $900 to $2,100, depending on the model. The cost of professional installation may vary.

Can I get help with stove installation?

Absolutely! Troubleshooting FAQs and convenient resources, such as installation guides and tips, are available to help simplify your installation process. Or, let Maytag handle this project with contactless delivery and dependable professional installation.

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