Installing an Induction Cooktop
An induction cooktop offers the same degree of control as a gas equivalent, but it runs on electricity. Getting an induction cooktop fitted by a professional can be very costly, but learning how to install the appliance yourself can save you a lot of this money. With the right tools, you shouldn't have a problem fitting an induction cooktop yourself.
Step 1 - Removing the Old Cooktop
If you already have a cooktop in your kitchen, you will need to remove this first. This should be a very easy job. There will normally be 4 or more screws fixing the cooktop onto the contertop. Remove the screws, and the cooktop should simply lift away. Make sure that the electricity is switched off before attempting this.
Once the cooktop is removed, make sure that you have the right electrical supply for an induction cooktop. You will need a dedicated electricity supply for safety and convenience.
Step 2 - Choosing a Cooktop
When choosing an induction cooktop you need to think about a few things. The first is size, and the most important is safety. These cooktops can get very hot which is why there needs to be at least 30 inches between the top of the cooktop and the bottom of the cabinets overhead. If not then this can cause a fire hazard. A cooker hood should be fitted if there is not enough space between the cooktop and the cabinets.
If the cabinets above the cooker are made from fire retardant materials then you can get away with a gap of around 24 inches.
Step 3 - Fitting the Cooktop
Put the cooktop onto the counter and use your pencil to mark the area which needs to be cut. If you already had a cooktop then it's important that this space is either the same or bigger, otherwise you will run into problems. Draw around the cooktop so that it fits snugly into the countertop.
For safety make sure that there is at least two inches of counter in front of the edge of the cooker before cutting or fixing anything in place. This will ensure that nothing accidentally gets knocked off the stove when in use.
Step 4 - Cutting the Counter
When you are happy that the cooktop is positioned properly, you can then start cutting the counter. If it's a new counter then you will need to drill a hole before you can get a saw inside to cut out the hole.
Make sure that the cooktop fits snugly into the counter top and that there are no gaps around it. If there are small gaps then you can use caulking to fill the spaces and make the job look much more professional.
Step 5 - Connecting Electricity
Make sure that the power is turned off and start connecting the cooktops electricity supply up. You should follow the guidelines in your manual for this although the colors should follow normal wiring standards. Electricity can be dangerous, so if you're not sure you should consult a professional.