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How Do You Single-handedly Disconnect a Gas Cooker

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When it comes to playing around with gas ovens it’s better to be safe than sorry. Initially, disconnecting a gas cooker bayonet fitting may seem tricky. Spills are especially dangerous but we have the good news for you.
What is there to know about linking the appliances? Are you dealing with this manner for the first time? Rest assured that you have the capacity to do it correctly and all by yourself!

What’s important to know here is that there’s something called “gas work”. Most handymen at home are well aware that everything considered as such in the UK has to be carried out by a Gas Safe Engineer. The Safety Gas regulations clearly state that, in any kitchen, only these experts can do such jobs legally. Having to remove a bayonet connector, however, is not a part of this classification and you can do it yourself.

Note: Only a first-time installation or a permanent reposition of a gas stove should be delivered by a professional ( which WE ARE certified to do, by the way ). If one has already been installed at the same location you are free to temporarily disconnect it yourself.


So how do you disconnect a gas stove on your own?

Bear in mind that a bayonet cap is either open or closed. Whenever you remove the hose an inner valve shuts and prevents gas from leaking. They are simplistically designed for everyone to use. Here are the instructions to disconnecting your gas cooker:

Carefully move the oven away from the wall to reveal the brass. Push down and twist the hose connector to the left with an unscrewing motion. This will remove it from the bayonet fitting. Be cautious with the safety chain which prevents the oven from moving too far away from the wall.


Just in case

The valve inside the fitter should be closed by now, but just for safety measures, you can apply a mixture of water and dish soap on it. If a leakage is present it will form moving bubbles, but that is, as we said, highly unlikely.


11 Responses

  1. Chris Jennings says:

    Absolutely irresponsible to post this. Some idiot is going to try to save a few quid and there could be a serious accident. Never ever ever encourage people to do gas work on their own. Pay a professional. The money saved by not using one won’t be much good to you if you’re maimed or dead .

  2. Peter W Naylor says:

    How long can the bayonet connector be left with no cooker line attached to it? If an allelectric cooker is installed, can the gas connector just be left as it is or does it need capping off in some other way?

  3. admin says:

    We strongly recommend consulting with a gas expert for that. The disconnection should only be temporary for the purpose of, say, cleaning behind the cooker. A temporary move of an appliance that is not ‘readily moveable’ is not considered “gas work”. ‘Readily moveable’ includes mobile barbecues and such. A free-standing gas cooker does not fall under that category.
    Therefore disconnecting the bayonet fitting for the purpose of permanently removing the gas cooker IS CONSIDERED gas work and should be carried out by a professional.

  4. Your instructions are very clear and detailed. Most useful. I only wishbto disconnect to replacevthe cooker and this post is brilliant.


  5. admin says:

    Hi Kspatel,

    The disconnection should only be temporary. If you want to replace/relocate the cooker you should call a gas technician. Cheers!

  6. David Taylor says:

    I’m having trouble finding an engineer to disconnect mine as I’m moving this Friday.
    Any answers please, I’m in Tonbridge area, dave

  7. admin says:

    Hi, David! Did you try booking with us? We can send you a Gas Safe Engineer. We provide disconnection as well as installation:
    Hope you read this in time, cheers!

  8. Avtar Disange says:

    I really like the tips you give, it does seem straight forward, and it can only be Temporary, at best. No more, according to the legal requirements, i know you do mention, that if it is capped off, by a profession Gas person, then that is better. I just want to know, is if i did take my gas cooker out, would there be any safety issues, as i can only assume, that there would not be, as the mechanisms are almost foolproof as they are. Maybe checking with a Gas person, is best which you recommend. What i want to know is, if i disconnect the cooker, and left it at that, instead of temporary, which could mean 1 month or 10 years or even 20 years. Would there be any danger, to me. So just removing the cooker, and leaving it there, could it blow the house, up. I do not use the cooker, at all, for many years, i use the electric one, or the microwave. Just want to get rid of it, however it is something that needs strong advice, and high safety.

  9. admin says:

    Hi Avtar and thank you for your question! Your cooker is not defined as “readily movable” and therefore the disconnection should only be temporary. If it has been repositioned / removed permanently this is considered “work”, as in Gas work. In this case you’re required to consult with a Gas Safe Engineer. This is the law.

    Stay well, Avtar!

  10. Thanks for your prompt reply, i looked at my cooker from the back, last night, as i am doing some cleaning at the moment. It is not a modern one, at all, it is a very old one maybe 30 years old, with the old fittings, i think you may need a wrench. Not at all like you suggest above, maybe, put that is this is for modern cookers only. I have decided, just to leave it there, and do nothing, it has not caused any problems, or leaks. it works and there is no gas smell. ” If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” and ” Better safe than sorry” attitude. It is all above my level, and will leave it to the professionals in my case. I think it would ok the way it is, thanks for support.

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