Each AGA installation is different, with so many variables such as the model you’ve bought and the layout and construction of your home. However, here is some essential information from JVH AGA Cooker Services that you can bear in mind.
It’s best to install your AGA before your kitchen units, but after the wall has been tiled or the splashback fitted, and particularly after the floor has been laid. Your floor needs to be level, and ideally tiled all the way back under the AGA as many models have a slide-out front plinth for servicing purposes, which can get obstructed if the flooring below is uneven.
As we mentioned, AGAs are heavy as they’re made from cast iron. If your home doesn’t have a solid floor (such as concrete, stone flag, screed etc), some simple works may need to be carried out so your floor can bear the cooker’s weight. Wooden joists can have a sleeper wall built or acrow props fitted. Asphalt or floating floors should have the area under the cooker cut out and made solid using concrete flags or poured concrete.
Traditional heat storage AGAs also need to be installed upon non-combustible flooring. However, these models also usually require a metal or concrete plinth to raise it up to the modern worktop level, which address the heatproof base requirement. (Most AGAs now incorporate a void meaning there won’t be any heat build up, so they can be installed on a wooden floor.)
Remember that the AGA needs 3mm clearance on either side of its installation location for maintenance purposes, and 60mm clearance above it for safety purposes. If we’re installing your AGA in a corner, ensure that your kitchen design incorporates sufficient clearance (at least 116mm) to open the side-hinged oven doors.
PIPES & CABLES
You will need to make sure there aren’t any electric sockets, cables or pipes running behind where your AGA is to be installed. You will, however, need an electrical connection point and isolation switch in the area surrounding your AGA. Even non-electric models require electricity for the flue fan, but the type of circuit required depends on the model you’re having installed.
FLUE / VENT
As you may know from your fire or boiler, fuel-burning appliances need a permanent supply of air from the outside to ensure they burn correctly and safely. If your AGA requires a flue and you don’t already have a suitable external vent, JVH AGA Cooker Services will fit one as part of your AGA installation. Models that don’t need a flue may still require a small vent pipe to the outside to remove the cooking smells, unless you opted for a ‘room vented’ model.
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