Upgrading or purchasing a new oven for your home is an exciting time. It’s one of the most used appliances in your home where meals, treats and the evening dinner is cooked on a regular basis. Therefore, it is important to consider what type of oven you should purchase as well as making preparations for it to be installed in your home by your preferred oven installer.
Purchasing a new oven
Let’s start with the fun part, shopping! Deciding on which oven to purchase can be a little tricky if you are not sure what to look for, so here is some information about both gas and electric ovens to help you choose!
Electric ovens are easy and convenient if you do not already have a gas line plumbed into your kitchen space. They tend to heat your food using up to three heating elements located at the top, bottom and rear of the cooking space, which generates heat with less moisture than a gas oven. This is great if you like toasty, dry food.
However, electric ovens do tend to dry out food a lot faster than gas ovens and are slow to heat the electric coils or heating elements to the right temperature. Depending on how much you cook, electric ovens are also a little more expensive to run over the long term but the difference is not too much compared to gas ovens.
Gas ovens are quite popular with many homeowners as they allow for more flexibility in cooking. With gas as the source of fuel, a gas oven requires burners within the cooking space to heat food. These are located at the top and bottom of the cooking space, which allows for heat to be distributed faster. Gas ovens also allow moisture to remain within the cooking space, which keeps food moister for longer so your meal is cooked thoroughly without burning.
However, gas ovens can be a little too moist for some dishes to cook properly which can affect the meal you are creating. You will also have to install a gas line to connect to your oven and ensure that you have a regular supply of fuel so you can cook. Though, in the long term, your running costs will be cheaper than an electric oven.
Preparing for your oven installation
When preparing to install your oven there are a few things you need to do. The first is to check whether your oven will fit into the space you have provided for it. If it is bigger than you expected or you are planning on installing a larger oven you will need to make the adjustments to your kitchen cabinetry or cooking area.
Also ensure that a gas line is installed if you have purchased a gas oven. If you cannot install one yourself you should check with your oven installer whether they could install a line for you. If you are switching from gas to electric ensure that your oven installer isolates the existing gas line so that your new electric oven is installed safely. Finally, make sure your oven is at your home and ready for installation when your oven installer arrives.
Installing your oven is simple and easy when you hire a professional electrician, such as ourselves, to perform the work. Both new electric and gas ovens require a qualified electrician to install them in your home as each has their own electrics that need to be connected.
Once everything is set up and working our qualified electrician can show you how your new oven works. This includes how your gas functions and how to ensure that gas is feeding to your oven so you can cook. Then all you have to do is start making your meals!