We just ordered a new natural gas fired range for our kitchen – a basic no frills model. The old one was needing repairs.
The old one has loop of copper (maybe 6′ or so) connecting the gas line (cast iron? steel?)from the wall to the range. When you pull the range out to clean behind it or disconnect it, the loop of copper flexes. So I have two questions;
1) Is this type of connection common enough to not bother changing. It seems awkward to me to flex copper like that – doesn’t it put stress on the connecting points, not to mention the pipe itself, every time it flexes? I have seen flexible gas “hose” connectors (sorry, not sure of the proper term) and if they are reliable, they seem more sensible to me.
2) regardless of the type of connector, is it a simple matter to switch out a range and make the connections DIY? Apparently our city doesn’t allow appliance delivery folks to do this task, requiring gas company service reps to do it instead at $170+ a pop. Sure, I would rather not spend the extra $ unnecessarily. But even more than that, I just can’t stand the idea of a guy coming in with a crescent wrench, making a few turns, and saying “done.” just because some busybody at city hall didn’t think regular folks could handle a crescent wrench. I’ve never done it before, so if it’s tricky, I’m not going to try it. But if it’s not, I might.