Switching from an electric stove to a gas stove could cut back utility costs.
Gas ranges offer better temperature control and faster cooling time.
Making the change from electric to gas could cost anywhere from $125 to $2,000.
Watch any competitive cooking show, and you’ll notice that most participants cook on a gas range. It makes sense, as most chefs will tell you gas stoves are their preference ten times out of ten. But kitchen connoisseur or takeout titan, is it worth converting to gas if you have an electric stove? Here’s what you need to know about making the switch.
3 Reasons for Converting Your Electric Stove to Gas
If you’re confused about why someone might want to change their electric stove to a gas stove, there are some good arguments for making the change.
1. Lower Utility Costs
Simply put, gas costs less to generate energy than electricity. That means the energy needed to power a stove will cost less for a gas model than an electric model. Gas prices don’t change seasonally, while utilities—especially in hotter climates—will sometimes raise rates for electricity during the hotter six months of the year.
Essentially, cooking with gas, at least in the summer, costs less than cooking with electricity, so your utility bill will be lower.
2. Better Temperature Control
Gas stoves offer more precision and temperature consistency, two benefits that help ensure your recipe turns out perfect every time. Electric stove temperatures are less consistent, so you may fry up a steak perfectly in ten minutes one day, then burn it to a crisp the next day.
Gas ranges also have a wider heat range than electric ranges because every little movement of the knob allows you to see the flame get higher or lower. Electric ranges don’t give you that kind of moment-to-moment feedback.
3. Faster Cooling Time
Electric range burners take longer to heat and cool than gas range burners. With gas ranges, you have access to heat as soon as the flame ignites. Plus, the range cools more quickly than an electric model, which means your air conditioner won’t be fighting as hard to cool your kitchen in the summer.
How to Covert Your Stove From Electric to Gas
How complicated switching from an electric stove to a gas stove depends on what gas lines you already have available in your home. Gas stoves require both electricity and gas to function—though they require significantly less electricity than an electric stove.
Change the Outlet
Electric stoves require a 240-volt outlet, whereas gas stoves need a 110-volt outlet. If you don’t already have a 110-volt outlet, you’ll need to hire a local electrician to change the outlet. Hiring an electrician costs around $50 to $100 per hour.
Hook Up an Existing Gas Line
If there is already a gas line behind the stove, hooking up a new gas stove to the existing line is a pretty easy task. You’ll need to hire a natural gas plumber to do the job, which costs around $125 for the service call.
Extend an Existing Gas Line
When your existing gas line is not long enough to reach your stove, you’ll need to make some adjsutments. Extending an existing gas line 10 feet usually costs around $150 to $200.
Add a New Capped Gas Line
If your existing gas line can’t handle the load of another appliance, the next step is to look at running a new gas line from the manifold. The gas line installation cost of another 20 to 30 feet usually averages between $300 to $750, depending on the exact length.
Add New Gas Service
Other times, you’ll need to run gas service to your home. The cost of having new gas service installed usually runs about $2,000 and takes into account:
New underground piping
Should You Convert Your Electric Stove to Gas?
In general, if you have access to a gas line, the benefits of converting to a gas stove from an electric one outweigh the drawbacks. You will likely recoup the money you spend changing the outlet, extending a gas line, or adding a new gas line through utility savings.
However, if switching to a gas stove requires you to add a new gas service to your home, it’s important to weigh the benefits and the risks. Ask yourself if adding the gas line to your home will add value and if you can use that gas line for other appliances.