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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.


4 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.

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