The Complete Guide to Oven Installations in Melbourne, Australia | Ovens and Freestanding Cookers 

Introduction

Embarking on the journey of oven installation can be both exciting and necessary, especially when repairs no longer suffice. 

In Melbourne, Victoria, where culinary artistry is celebrated or the next MasterChef awaits,  upgrading your oven can elevate may be a fun and exciting time.

Or, you may be a landlord struggling with a batch of interest-rate rises and just need a cheap and easy fix to getting your renters oven. 

Either way, this comprehensive guide will navigate through the intricacies of oven installations, covering everything from fuel types to finding the right company for the job.


Have You Tried to Repair and Need to Replace?

There are two reasons why we would an oven would need to be replaced:

  1. It’s stopped working and is either too expensive to fix or cannot be fixed, or
  2. Upgrading to something better

In 99% of cases, option 1 is the reason. Before going down the rabbit hole with this comprehensive guide, it may be worthwhile engaging an experienced oven repair professional to identify whether the oven is or is not fixable first.

Presuming the oven needs to be replaced, we work down the below list.

Oven Fuel Types (Gas, Electric, Dual Fuel)

The first decision in your quest for the perfect oven is choosing the right fuel type. 

The types of fuels are:

  • Electric Ovens (240v) – wired directly to the switchboard
  • Electric Ovens (plug in) – plugged in like any appliances (kettle, toaster, ect). 
  • Gas Ovens – installed by pipes and hoses where the gas travels to the appliances 
  • Dual Fuel – a combination of gas and electrical (gas cooktop with electric oven)

Checking your current oven is a good starting point to determine what fuel types (ie: gas pipes or electric wiring) are present at the oven to determine a replacement. Sometimes, replacing gas with electric is possible and sometimes the alternative is preferred. This is of particular interest with Australia moving off gas on all new builds from 2024 onwards.

Style Type – Built-In vs. Freestanding Ovens

The next step to choosing the correct oven for you is finding the correct style by size. There are two distinctive types of ovens: built-in ovens and freestanding ovens. We’ve also provided below an also-known-as guide:

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Source: https://www.designerappliances.com/blog/slide-in-vs-freestanding-range/

Built-In Ovens

Built-in ovens seamlessly integrate into your kitchen’s design, providing a sleek and cohesive appearance. 

When considering built-in ovens, think about cavity sizes and components within the cavity. 

Most owners that contact us only think about width (ie: 60cm oven) but don’t consider the height or depth of the oven.

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Older style ovens were traditionally bigger than standard built-in ovens nowadays so it’s imperative to check for total oven and total cavity dimensions.

Furthermore, it’s important to check other components like PowerPoints or gas pipes behind the oven, in particular when gas cooktops are installed above as this often restricts the available space.

Ventilation requirements and heating is also important to consider to ensure no build-up of heat or components that may warp/damage the oven or surrounding cabinetry.

Freestanding Ovens

Freestanding ovens offer flexibility in placement and come in various sizes. Freestanding ovens are both a cooktop and oven combination that makes life easy by only requiring one appliance (instead of 2).

For freestanding electric ovens, consider clearances, ground level stability, circuit break and cable sizes. We must also consider the oven connection: whether it’s plugin or hardwired. When plug-in, we also need to consider whether it’s a 10A or 15A plug.

Hardwired electric ovens need to be installed by a licensed electrician and need to ensure the circuit breaker and cable sized are correctly noted as per AS 3000 wiring rules. Table C5 as shown below shows the correct current rating for a cooking appliances as this differs from normal power and lighting circuits. 

Hardwired electric ovens

Freestanding gas ovens require attention to overhead and side clearances, gas components, gas pipe locations and connections, and proper ventilation. 

This link describes the clear clearance requirements for gas cooktops with overhead rangehoods – with care and regulations depending on the time of installation and appliance manufacturers (both cooktop and rangehood) instructions. 

Sizes – Common Built-In and Freestanding Sizes

Whilst there are many considerations when it comes to sizing up the right oven for your property, the key categories to focus your search are determined by the width of your oven.

Built-in ovens are usually either 60cm or 90cm wide. Rarely, we also see ovens that are 70cm or 75cm wide.

freestanding oven sizes

Freestanding oven sizes are commonly 54cm, 60cm, 70cm, 75cm and 90cm.

Understanding common oven sizes is crucial to ensure a perfect fit in your kitchen. 

Measure your kitchen space meticulously to choose the size that suits your needs.

Competent and Licensed Oven Installers 

Ensuring a safe and compliant installation requires the expertise of licensed professionals. 

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For electric ovens, enlist the services of a licensed electrician. You will need to find an installer with an A-grade electrical license and also be a Registered Electrical Contractor. 

If you opt for a gas oven, you will need a licensed plumber and gasfitter or a registered plumber operating under the guidance of a licensed plumber.

All installations should be accompanied by a certificate of compliance (unless it’s a plug-in oven only).

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Finding the Right Company

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In your quest for a new oven, finding the right installation company is paramount. 

Look for companies that are licensed, insured, and boast positive online reviews or word-of-mouth recommendations. 

A reputable company ensures a smooth and reliable installation process, taking into account all safety and regulatory standards.

Why Some Companies Charge for On-Site Quotes

It’s not uncommon for companies to charge for on-site quotes, and this practice serves a purpose. 

The level of detail required to assess your specific installation needs accurately is substantial. 

This fee acts as a safeguard, preventing unnecessary expenses on an oven that may not fit or meet your requirements.

Choosing the Right Oven

Brands we recommend depends on budget and size of ovens.

The market is flooded with various oven brands, each catering to different budgets and kitchen sizes.  

Research reputable brands that align with your budget and available space. Seek recommendations from experts or trusted individuals to make an informed decision.

Our recommended brands differ by oven type and fuel. Common brands by budget include:

Cheat Sheet for Installations (Quick Questions)

For those after a quick checklist, we have comprised that here: Appliance Replacement Checklist

In conclusion, the journey to a new oven in your Melbourne kitchen can be a positive and rewarding experience when armed with the right information. 

From understanding fuel and style options to finding the right installer and company, each step plays a crucial role in ensuring a seamless installation. 

By adhering to safety standards and legal regulations, you’re well-prepared to embark on the exciting journey of enhancing your kitchen with a new, efficient, and stylish oven.

Happy cooking!

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