Every kitchen has some kind of stove; some have electrical ones while some have gas cooktops. However, electric cooktops are more in demand these days due to several reasons and awesome benefits that you will not find in other cooktops types. So, if you are not using the electric ones, considered the switch. On the other hand, if you are using a gas cooktop at your home but need something that heats up quickly, you will have to replace your current unit with an electric cooktop.
Below is our comprehensive step-by-step guide that will walk you through the replacement process.
How to Replace an Electric Cooktop Quickly
Step 1: Take Out the Existing Cooktop
First, remove your existing cooktop. To remove it, turn the connection off, remove all the binding material and cables, and then move the cooktop.
Ensure and verify that all connections are disconnected before proceeding once again as a precautionary measure. Besides, note down the patterns of cables and draw a picture of the connection in your mind.
Step 2: Ensure that you have sufficient space available
Ensure that you have enough space for your new electric cooktop. You can know how much space you need for the cooktop by reviewing the product manual.
Step 3: Reliable Connection Box
When replacing your cooktop, ensure that you have a working and reliable connection that meets an electric cooktop’s requirements. Similarly, keep the voltage requirements in mind. Most electric cooktops require a connection box of 240volts, but we will advise you to check your model’s specific requirements.
Step 4: Measure Cooktop Opening
Check out the cooktop’s opening so that you can buy that you can install it easily in your kitchen or you can read our installation guide. Measuring the opening will help when you are replacing your old cooktop. If you are installing the cooktop for the first time, ensure that the available space is as per your new electric cooktop’s dimension. Then leave 150mm to 250mm on all sides as it will help in covering the countertop’s extension.
Step 5: Countertop Cutout
To make things simple, always opt for a unit that comes with an installation piece, and it would be easier for you if the cutout size matches the old one. If possible, try to get a new cooktop from the same company as the existing one. This will save you from a lot of hassles in terms of cutout sizing.
However, if the cutout is smaller, it would be best to seek help from professionals because it is always risky to widen a cutout by yourself. However, if you want to do it by yourself, you will need a diamond wheel or grinder. Then, ensure that the cutout’s edges are spherical, not round. Never try to use a jigsaw; instead, use a swoop router along with a fluted bit of up to 1.5cm diameter and a 1-cm shank. Be cautious as the task can become messy in no time.
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Step 6: Keep Countertop Opening as per Cooktop’s Size
When adjusting the cooktop’s opening, leave additional space of 1 to 3cm. But if you are installing a new cooktop at a new place for the first time, keep the opening as per the cooktop’s appropriate dimension. If the opening is small, you will have to spend it.
Step 7: Now is the time to attach the Cooktop
Ensure that you have disassembled your new electric cooktop along with all of its supporting components. For example, covers, cables, and burners. Next, fix the clamps that grip the cooktop firmly to the kitchen counter.
Fix them from the cutout’s top and fasten them using the included pins. You can also use the glue tapes if you have a granite countertop.
Step 8: Hang your new Cooktop
Now, pass all the cables into the countertop’s holes. Subsequently, start hanging the cooktop into its actual position by pressing it into the clamps but be careful as too much force or pressure can damage the counter.
If you have removed any tiles from the counter, you can place them back now using glue or a fastener. However, you will have to wait for at least twenty-four hours because of the fastener.
Never put the cooktop on wet surfaces and ensure that the glue is completely dried. Next, reconnect all the electric cables to the source. Follow the old cooktop’s pattern or follow the product manual in this regard.
Lastly, it would be safer if you tie or bind all the cables with a cable nut as it will separate the wires from touching each other.
Step 9: Attach the Unit
Now, attach all the components that you disassembled earlier. Components such as covers and burners should be placed adequately before using the unit. Lastly, turn on the electricity and see whether the unit is working properly or not. If there are no problems, you can use your new cooktop.
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Some Precautionary Measures
Always follow the instructions and regulations given by the National Electrical code of conduct. Ensure that all cables and connections are fused properly with the tools mentioned in the code of conduct.
Keep in mind that incorrect joining of cables (aluminum cables, copper cables, or lead house cables) can result in a fire outbreak or short-circuit. Hence follow the instructions mentioned in the product manual.
When passing the cooktop’s electrical cables through the opening in your countertop, avoid wriggling them and don’t try to alter the default arrangement.
Ensure that all wires remain clearly visible and other people can see them easily. Don’t try to stuff the electric wires into walls or ceilings, and don’t try to hide the wires.
Ensure that all electric cables and wires are properly connected to appropriate terminals and don’t try to experiment with the electric cables as it can lead to an electrical explosion.
Some electric cooktops include a polyester spacer at the peripheries to enhance the cooktop’s position and its opening. If your cooktop also contains this polyester spacer, don’t try to remove it as it can catch fire due to the cooktop’s heat. If you see that it is getting ripped or falling, attach it back with glue or tape.
Above all, we will advise you to review and read the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the unit’s replacement and installation. Follow the checklist mentioned by them properly as it includes all device malfunctions, and you can figure out if something goes wrong or your new cooktop doesn’t work after the installation.
Lastly, you can always seek help from the makers or discuss the issue with them if necessary.
Replacing an electric cooktop can be challenging, especially if you are not a DIY type of person. Similarly, replacing the cooktop is more difficult than replacing the electric stove or hot plate. However, if you have a strong technical side, you can replace your cooktop without easily just follow the product manual and our guide for all the necessary information regarding the replacement.