Induction Cooktop Installation: How To Do It
Induction cooktops are a type of cooktop that heat pans or pot that runs without flames or heat. So, what does it run on? It runs on magnetic induction, and hence it’s called an induction cooktop. Induction cooktops can cook food faster and are more energy-efficient than the traditional gas stove or electric cooktops. The induction cooktops allow more control over temperature control, safer and easier to clean, that’s why people love it. A little drawback for the family’s cooks is that you have to change your cooking habits while trying hands on your new induction cooker. You may even need to replace some of your cookware with either magnetic, stainless steel, or cast iron ones. While choosing an induction cooktop, consider checking for the size and wattages of your cooking elements. Check the configuration and specification to make sure it fits the electrical and induction standards. Choose the color of the cooktop surface and look for special features.
Now comes the most dreaded question for most new induction cooker users, how to install an induction cooktop? First of all, getting a professional technician should be the first and safest option in case you know nothing about setting it up. However, professionals tend to charge a hefty sum of money. Therefore, your last option is to do an induction cooktop installation by yourself. Don’t panic, it’s pretty easy to install a range. You just need the right tools, and you can do it without any problem. Below are the steps written to make the process easier for you.
How to install an induction cooktop
First, you need to remove your old cooktop from the kitchen, if you haven’t moved it already. Make sure that electricity is completely turned off. Remove all the screws of the cooktop that keeps the cooktop stuck to the countertop. You can easily lift off the stove after removing all the screws. Once it’s removed, make sure that you the right electrical supply for your induction stove.
Before we talk about fitting the cooktop, let’s talk about a few essential things. While choosing a cooktop, always keep the size in mind. Cooktops like these can get very hot that’s why there needs to be at least 30 inches gap between the cooktop’s surface and the bottom of the cabinet’s surface to prevent damage. Place the cooktop onto the countertop of your kitchen and use a pencil to mark the area. Now, draw around the cooktop so that the fitting is perfect. Before cutting or reshaping, make sure there is an inch or two space in front of the cooktop’s edge. This is to protect yourself as well as ensuring that nothing gets accidentally knocked off from the range.
After you are done marking the position, it’s time to cut the counter. If the counter is new, you need to drill a hole using a saw inside to cut out the hole. Now, fit the cooktop onto the countertop and make sure it has settled nicely, and there is no gap. If you see gaps, then you can use caulking to fill those spaces up.
After setting up the stove properly, it’s time to turn it on. Make sure you follow the guidelines from your instruction manual that comes with the cooktop to avoid any inconvenience. If it’s working, perfect! However, if it’s not working even if you have put an induction friendly cooktop, don’t attempt fixing. Consulting a professional is sensible.
Some induction cooktop related questions
Do induction cooktops need special wiring?
Although induction cooktops need to plug on to the electricity plug points to operate, you don’t need any special wiring. That said, you can opt for special wiring if you want a specific voltage or amperage for your cooktop.
How long do induction cooktops last?
Commercial cooktops can last from 8-10 years or 10 hours of cooking per day typically. When buying an induction cooktop, look for the expected hours and lifespan of a cooktop.
Is induction cooking safe to use?
It is safer than gas or electric cooktops. As induction cooktops only work with magnetic cookware, the cooktop won’t produce any heat when placed on regular cookware. Some people fear exposure to electromagnetic fields, but the electromagnetic’s frequency is negligible for bodies to absorb, so it’s safe to use.
Why are induction cooktops so expensive?
This is because the heat is generated inside the pan’s base, and they use lesser electricity than the traditional electric cooktops for quick and better heating. Also, they are more complex than the other countertops.
Do induction cooktops scratch easily?
If you are talking about the top where the heat emits, then yes, it is easily scratchable. This is because the surface is made of glass fiber. Other than that, the entire cooktop is made of steel or plastic that makes the countertops quite sturdy and scratch-resistant.
There you have it, an elaborate explanation for installing an induction cooktop. I’d like to remind you to read the manufacturers instructions carefully before fitting the cooktop. Hope the article has helped you.