Gas range conversion
I ordered a gas range from Kmart/Sears, and part of the sales pitch was that the conversion from natural to propane was included in the price, and it was about $150 value. They said we would need to make an appointment because they bring over a technician from Puerto Rico to do the work. The range is due on island August. 17, so I called yesterday to schedule the appointment. The lady I spoke with said she would send it upstairs for scheduling, but if the tech didn't come over from PR, could I wait a week or so. I said no. She said I would probably need to have it done myself, and she gave me a name and number and told me it would cost $20-$30.
So, how much does it really cost? Can anyone recommend someone? I don't even know how to express my chagrin with Km/Sears, but....... not unexpected.
Well I don't know anyone that will do it that cheap but I know a guy that does it all the time for around $65 but you'll need to have the conversation kit. We didn't go with sears for any of our stuff because they say one thing and then you come in again and they say something else. With all the other furniture shops the conversations included, you can haggle on price and on top of that get free delivery. And most offer at least a one year warranty. Although, I wouldn't put much stock in any warranty on this island.
You can do it. They are small brass ports. One for each burner. When you are holding the propane ones in your hand it helps you find them. Take the top off of the stove it should just lift off. Then look for the ends of the tubing. That's where you will find the ports that look like what you have to replace them with. Bolt on bolt off, easy. The oven is a bit harder, you need to get down in there and for a top broiler you might need to lay in it. Remove the oven burner, it should just pull out. Then find where gas comes out like on the stove top. That's where you will find the ports you are changing for propane. BBQ and some high end range's will say you must change the burners. Makes no difference you are already taking them on and off. That dose not sound like the case though, because the conversion was included. PM me if you want to talk on phone when you get the stove.
You will also get a plug to completely compress the natural gas regulator spring tho sometimes you just turn the cap over
Nat gas is regulated to 3.5"water column. LP generally uses house line pressure at 11" wc
frequently you just turn the burner spuds all the way tight instead of changing them out.
As aschultz says not difficult.
Be sure to mix up some soap bubbles and leak check your gas line connections!
great instructions with pictures here (tu)
We've done a bunch of them, but the last one was a PITA. We wound up calling the service guy (who moved to stt, I understand, ) and paying him to do the oven/broiler. He adjusted the top burners while he was there, and they ran a lot better. Took him all of 5 minutes, but he knew what he was doing. We said we'd never do it ourselves again, but now we don't have a guy to call.
most ranges come with a valve that you put in one direction or the other for LP or natural gas. If there is too much gas you can generally adjust the entrance jet down so that there is very little gas not burnt. This causes the pots to get black.
And why is Sears not paying for the conversion? They screwed up!
And why is Sears not paying for the conversion? They screwed up
We haven't gotten to that point yet. It is POSSIBLE the tech will be here that week, and all will be as promised. Right? LOL! If not, I certainly plan to speak to management, etc., but in the meantime, I want to know where to go if needed. And I really appreciate all the input about how to do it, but that's probably not a good idea for me.
Antilles Gas recommended a Mr. Brown, and STX Gas recommended Louis. I imagine either of them would be fine. I just like to know how much to expect to pay. Sometimes if you don't know what's what, you can get over-charged.:X
If Mr Brown is still the same Mr Brown, he fixed my gas oven a million (well, perhaps ten or more) years ago. It was an old, old (40+ yrs)Chambers oven, the equivalent in it's day of the professional ovens of today....and he got it back in good working order, no one else had a clue. He was quite good. But it might not be the same Mr. Brown, as he was talking at that point about retiring and moving to the states.
messing with gas sounds scary. i would want to leave to a professional. gas scares me. kaboomm!