The hidden costs of upgrading my range

jirka09May 31, 2012

I am going to buy a new AG range to replace the old AG range.

The brands that I am considering are: American Range, DCS, Thermador and Electrolux Icon. Between floor modes and dent/scratch sales these all come in my price range.

I will also be adding a ventilation hood, that can go outside -- up through the roof.

Before I consult a GC, what is involved here?

Will I need a bigger gas line? dedicated electrical line? I am not sure how to budget for this. Any thoughts or experiences that any of you can share would be most appreciated.


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Check the specs, but your current gas line will probably be fine. Same with your electrical - an all gas range only needs a 110 outlet which you presumably have with your current range. Most likely you'll be able to just swap the new range into place. Your major expense will be the ducting for the hood and any electrical that it needs. If this is all you're doing, you probably don't need a GC - just an HVAC guy to install the hood.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 7:59PM
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Thank you Weissman for the info.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 1:18AM
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It depends on how much BTU your new range will demand. I was advised to increase NG pipe diameter from 1/2" to 1" because I went with a high BTU Capital Culinarian. 3/4" would have been fine but the plumber said might as well do 1" to be sure. Capital engineer I spoke to on the phone thought it was overkill, but in doing the math using charts I found on the Internet backed up the plumber's advice.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 9:53AM
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learned this the hard way when I upgraded my grill and plumbed a NG line to the grill. Went with 1" line so that I could upgrade my range at some point in the future. Not cheap (had to run the line across my whole house) but i'm so glad I did it.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 12:42PM
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