So, you wanna repair that wall oven of yours? Or maybe you want to get rid of that thing altogether and replace it with a new one. Regardless of the reasons behind its removal, the answer to how to remove a wall oven is a rather simple one: contact a professional and let them do the thing for you!
Just kidding. I know you’re a big guy/girl and want to do it all by yourself. Otherwise, of all places, why would you drop by here? Now, as you may already know, removing a wall oven is much more challenging than most other appliances.
You can’t just unplug it and connect it to a new electrical outlet. So prepare for a bit of flexing and read along.
How to Remove a Wall Oven?
To make your mission of removing the wall oven a little bit easier, our experts have come up with this step-by-step procedure. Follow the instructions, and you’ll dislodge the oven in no time.
Let’s Talk About the Tools
Wall stove removal is a relatively heavy-duty appliance removal process. It’s not as simple as plugging or unplugging a regular device. So unless you’re a hardcore DIY enthusiast, you’ll have to hurt your pocket and add some new tools to your arsenal.
Gears You’ll Need
Things you must have in your toolbox are:
- Regular tape
- High-quality electrical tape
- Non-contact voltage tester
- Phillips screwdriver
- Flathead screwdriver
Uses of the Tool
If you’re wondering about the application of any of these tools, let’s get to know about their uses one by one.
1. Electrical Tapes
The electrical tapes will be needed to repair any faulty wiring that’s exposed somehow. It’ll also allow you to connect and secure different wires.
2. Regular Tapes
But what about the regular tapes?! You should use them for temporarily sealing off sensitive parts such as the circuit breaker.
The screwdrivers will, obviously, be used to take off the screws. Thus you’ll be able to disassemble different parts of the stove, such as the oven tray and door.
You may be tempted to use scissors for unscrewing if you don’t have the proper screwdrivers. But this will take a very long time indeed. Besides, the screws may get damaged.
4. Electrical Tester
The electric tester is for checking out whether there’s any short circuit or the if the breaker is actually off or not. Its importance cannot simply be stretched enough.
5. Wire Cutter
You’ll have to cut away the oven from the wiring that connects it to the wall. This is a rather sensitive process. So you better have a reliable wire cutter that can prevent electric shocks.
A slight mistake can put you or your loved ones at some serious risk. As for the wire cutter, if you don’t have it, just use a sharp knife to get the job done.
Steps You Should Follow
Here we’re. Follow these steps just like we’ve stated and you’ll be good to go.
Step 0: Share the Glory!
In this case, don’t try to take all the credit. Removing a wall oven is not only a physically demanding job; there’s a bit of risk involved too. So let one of your buddies come along and help you out. Don’t think twice about it; you’ll need the help of someone else to shake out that big and bulky thing.
Step 1: As Always, Safety First
Heard this a thousand times before? It’s worth it, hands down, to hear it once again! Make sure that you disconnect the wall oven from the electricity source. Unlike most 120-volt appliances, the oven takes from 220 to 240 volts. So you definitely do not want to take your chance with this beast.
If your oven is solely an electrical one, it’ll be much easier to remove. As for the gas ones, besides turning off the electricity supply, you’ll have to cut off the gas supply too. So, first, turn off the oven, disconnect the power supply, and then unplug the oven.
To be on the safe side, use an electric tester to verify whether it’s done or not. If the taster light still glows, you’ve probably tripped off the wrong breaker! Some houses don’t have any circuit breaker specifically for the wall stove. If that’s the situation you’re facing, go ahead and turn off the breaker of the entire kitchen.
In the case of a gas oven, turn off its gas supply. For most ovens, the gas supply knob is below or behind it. Take a wrench and remove the gas supply line from the main supply valve.
Last but not least, make sure that your security doesn’t get compromised by an unsuspecting family member. There mustn’t be any kids playing around. You may temporarily seal off the circuit breaker with tape as well.
Step 2: Door Disassembly
This process will depend on the particular type of door your oven has. Most oven doors are either hinge type or slide type. In the case of hinged doors, you’ll have to dislodge them using a screwdriver. A flathead screwdriver will be good enough to do the trick.
Before you use the screwdriver, make sure that the door isn’t hot from the previous cooking session. Oven door burns are particularly nasty, and you definitely don’t want to go through that sort of trouble.
Once you’ve checked the door for heat, insert the flathead through the gap between the wall and the lock. Pry the lock apart, turn it towards the stove door and then raise the door.
Remove the screws securing the door. Start from the internal screws and gradually make your way towards the external ones. There are usually two screws at the door bottom and two in the middle. Unscrew them; otherwise, you’ll be stuck in over the hinge.
Take a mental note of the different types of screws and their relevant places. If necessary, keep them separately. This will save you from troubles, big time. After you’ve unscrewed all the screws, disassemble the door frame.
There are a host of sharp ages. Be careful not to cut yourself. Set the door aside and put it on the floor to prevent any touch-drop accident.
Adjust the inner door frame to the door assembly if you’re in for a door replacement. Then unscrew and replace the screw assembly. Shorter screws will be perfect for the bottom of the door frame.
Carefully align the hinges to their respective holes, hold the hinges in place and slide them at a 45-degree angle into their corresponding holes. Lower the door to a maximum position and move the hinge lock to place it forward.
Step 3: Screw Removal
Now that the door frame is removed, next in line are the trims. Trims are attached to the oven through screws. Using a screwdriver, remove them from their mounting places one by one.
With each screw taken out, the oven will become more and more accessible to you. There may be fake wood pieces attached to the oven; take a sharp knife and pry these pieces away.
If you happen to have a trim kit, this is when it will come in handy. It’ll be a lot easier to remove the pins and nails using the diagonal pliers from the kit. Your partner should remove and hold the stove far enough so that you can reach the electric wires.
Step 4: Cutting the Electrical Wires
First, use an electrical tester to test the oven for active current. Most likely, the pen won’t light up because you’ve already switched off the power supply at the beginning.
But if it does light up, it means there’s an active current flowing through the wiring, and it’s time to call for professional help. Don’t try to play the big guy!
If the oven passes the electric safety test, you’re free to cut the wires. But before you start cutting, make sure to take a photo of the wiring. This will come as a real blessing when you try to reconnect the wires later.
Step 5: Removing the Oven
You’re almost there; just one more step, and you’ll be able to finally remove the oven from the cavity wall. Pick up the trusty screwdriver once again and unbolt the screw that locks the base cover plate of the oven with the hind wall.
Once you’re done with the unscrewing, you’ll have to untwist the wires that connect the oven to the electrical box. Pull the oven towards you while making sure not to pull it too far. Otherwise, it’ll tear the wire. Let your buddy hold the oven for you while you reach out to its back and do the unplugging.
Step 6: Cleaning the Oven Chamber
It’s not done yet! As you’ve already seen how difficult it is to remove the oven from the cavity, it’s about time that you give the chamber a cleaning, which is long overdue.
Take a dry paper and wipe the dust clean off the walls. Then do the same with a wet paper. This will allow the paper to absorb much of the dust. Don’t even think about washing the chamber; there are wires you’ve just cut.
Read More: How to Clean Commercial Oven
Step 7: Securing the Wires
As a final touch, you should secure the electrical wiring. Thoroughly wrapping the ends with electrical tapes will be enough to insulate the wires. If you’re looking forward to a replacement oven, consult the supplier for relevant power adjustments.
Congratulations! Now that you’re equipped with the knowledge of how to remove a wall oven, you are capable of carrying out one of the most sophisticated indoor DIY projects. With a little bit of care and caution, you’ll easily be able to remove the stove for replacement or repair.