Gas stoves have an expected useful life of around 15 years. So if you’re in a situation where it’s time to replace your gas stove, or you need a new gas stove because you’re remodeling the kitchen, here are some tips for finding a new gas stove you’ll love.
Tip #1: Think About Your Family’s Cooking Style
Gas stoves are available in a variety of styles. You can choose the style and number of burners for your new gas stove based on your family needs. If home cooked meals are a sometimes event, you’ll need a different stove than the family that cooks several meals a day and entertains frequently. Understanding your household needs is the first step to choosing a stove that meets them.
Tip #2: Quality and Looks
The gas stove represents a significant investment in your kitchen. You’re going to to want a stove that demonstrates a level of quality and style appropriate for your household. While professionals love their Viking ranges, many NYC households choose high quality gas stoves from GE, LG, Whirlpool, and other major appliance manufacturers
Tip #3: Space Considerations
If your plan is to have your new stove installed exactly where the old stove was, it’s a good idea to ensure the new stove will fit before purchasing it. When measuring a stove, consider all relevant dimensions. Gas stoves require what’s known as clearance – an open area around and behind the stove – to function properly. Include the needed clearance requirements in your planning. If you’re not sure if the new stove will fit, ask the plumber you’re planning to use for installation prior to purchase.
Tip #4: Service & Warranty
Finally, while gas stoves generally function well, it’s a good idea to choose one protected by a robust warranty. You’ll also want to be sure service and support are available for your location.