Anti-Tip Brackets for Freestanding Ranges
Anti-tip brackets are metal devices designed to prevent freestanding ranges from tipping. They are normally attached to a rear leg of the range or screwed into the wall behind the range, and are included in all installation kits. A unit that is not equipped with these devices may tip over if enough weight is applied to its open door, such as that from a large Thanksgiving turkey, or even a small child. A falling range can crush, scald, or burn anyone caught beneath.
Our Home Inspectors at R Eyes Home Inspections will inform you of the presence of anti-tip brackets through the following Home inspection methods at your home inspection:
- At the Home inspection it may be possible to see a wall-mounted bracket by looking over the rear of the range at the Home Inspection. Floor-mounted brackets are often hidden at the home inspection, although in some models with removable drawers, such as 30-inch electric ranges made by General Electric, the drawers can be removed Home Inspection and a flashlight can be used to search for the bracket. Our Home Inspectors aware that a visual confirmation does not guarantee that the bracket has been properly installed.
- Our Home Inspectors firmly grip the upper-rear section of the range at the home inspection and tip the unit forward. If equipped with an anti-tip bracket, the unit will not tip more than several inches before coming to a halt. The range should be turned off, and all items should be removed from the stovetop before this action can be performed at the home inspection. It is usually easier to detect a bracket by tipping the range than through a visual search at the home inspection. This test can be performed on all models at the home inspection and it can confirm the functionality of a bracket at the home inspection.