Five Challenges to Installing an Induction Stove

Five Challenges to Installing an Induction Stove

Owners are saying goodbye to their inefficient electric model or dispensing with a gas cooktop that is now said to be bad for the environment.

Induction stoves have been around since the 1970s, first released by Westinghouse. However, induction cooking was invented by a division of General Motors called Frigidaire and unveiled to the world at the “Century of Progress” World Fair in Chicago in 1933.

Some nine decades later, owners are moving en masse to adopt the technology.

One of the challenges is understanding how you can easily switch to induction without incurring unforeseen costs, or taking your kitchen offline for several days.

If you're moving away from gas, for example, you'll need an electrician and a gas plumber to turn off the gas supply to the appliance. 

These tips will help you consider whether this is the right decision for your circumstances.

Electricity supply

Induction requires a dedicated circuit with the necessary voltage and amperage capacity. Depending on the model, cooktops typically require 220-240 volts. You may need a 32 amp circuit and even a three-phase upgrade. That gets expensive.

Critical research

Before purchasing an induction stovetop, ask lots of questions. You want advanced notice if the installation is going to break the budget.

Compatible cookware

Induction cooktops create a magnetic field that heats the cookware directly. So you need pots and pans made of magnetic materials. These include materials such as cast iron, stainless steel, or certain types of clad aluminum. If your cookware is not compatible, you'll need to hit the stores.

Installation space

Your countertop will already have a hole cut out to accommodate your current stovetop. However, you must ensure its dimensions are sufficient for your new induction cooktop. If it's too small, you'll need professional help to enlarge the space. 

Expertise essential

A licensed electrician must conduct the installation. It is not a DIY project.

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