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Gas versus Electric - Installing yourself

When buying a new cooker we want it to benefit both our homes and our wallets.
One way of reducing the cost of a new cooker would be self installation. But just how practical is this?

Installing a new cooker

Today, the installing of a new gas cooker must by law comply with safety standards and be undertaken by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Amateur installation of gas cookers poses a high risk to families, this is due to gas leaks often been the result of faulty or unsecured connections. You can find a local Gas Safe registered engineer by visiting the website or contacting them directly.

The rules surrounding the self installation of a new electric cooker are slightly more relaxed. They are more lenient when the cooker is simply being replaced into the same socket/spur. This can be done by a non-qualified person and is relatively simple to carry out and is comparable to the rewiring of a plug. Some knowledge of basic electrics is required.

When the cooker's location is being changed and requires the installation of a new circuit, a professional is required as this is complex re-wiring.

One of the main drawbacks to connecting an electric cooker yourself is the lack of any quality guarantee or product warranty. Should a fault occur the call out of a qualified electrician could lead to further expense and inconvenience.

From 2005, The Part P Building Regulations which cover any installation or maintenance work within the home recommends that professional advice is sought before carrying out any electrical work within the home. Be aware, if you carry out any work yourself which should have been carried out by a professional, then your home insurance could be deemed invalid.

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