When undergoing a kitchen modification, many of us upgrade our appliances including the cooktop. Installing new appliances in your kitchen is an aesthetic upgrade as well as an upgrade to the energy efficiency of your home. When it comes to choosing your new cooktop, your decision will depend on several factors, including cooking preferences, energy efficiency, and safety considerations.

Read on as we explore the differences in cooktop installation for three popular options: electric, gas, and induction cooktops. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a cooking enthusiast, understanding the differences will help you make an informed decision for your kitchen upgrade.

Before we dive into this blog, we must stress that hiring a licensed electrician to complete the installation of your cooktop is crucial. Electrical work, especially in a kitchen, requires a high level of expertise and knowledge of safety standards. Licensed electricians have the knowledge and experience to handle electrical connections to comply with your local building codes and regulations. They can ensure the installation is conducted safely and efficiently.

Electric Cooktop Installation

Electric cooktops are still a common choice in Australia due to their affordability and ease of installation. The installation process typically involves the following steps:

  1. Power Supply: Your electrician will ensure that your kitchen has a dedicated circuit breaker and wiring suitable for the cooktop’s electrical requirements.
  2. Cutout Dimensions: Ensure you measure the dimensions of the cooktop so that your benchtop has the right cutout space. Most electric cooktops are designed to fit into standard-sized openings.
  3. Mounting: Your electrician will place the electric cooktop into the cutout space and secure it using clamps or brackets. Ensure the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific model you have chosen are being followed.
  4. Electrical Connection:  The cooktop is then connected to the power supply.

Gas Cooktop Installation

Gas cooktops are favoured by many professional chefs and cooking enthusiasts for their temperature control. Here’s an overview of the installation process for gas cooktops:

  1. Gas Supply: Ensure that your kitchen has a dedicated gas line with a shut-off valve. Gas lines should be installed by a licensed professional to ensure safety and compliance with local regulations.
  2. Cutout Dimensions: Measure the dimensions of the cooktop and ensure that your countertop has an appropriate cutout space. Gas cooktops usually require a larger cutout compared to electric cooktops.
  3. Mounting: Place the gas cooktop into the cutout space and secure it to the countertop using clamps or brackets. Make sure the cooktop is level and centred properly.
  4. Gas Connection: Connect the cooktop to the gas line using approved gas pipes and fittings. A licensed professional must handle the gas connection to prevent leaks and ensure proper ventilation.
  5. Ignition System: Gas cooktops typically come with an ignition system, which may require electrical connections.

Induction Cooktop Installation

Induction cooktops are gaining popularity for their energy efficiency and incredible control over cooking temperatures. Here’s a breakdown of the installation process for induction cooktops:

  1. Power Supply: Induction cooktops require a dedicated electrical circuit. Ensure that your kitchen has the appropriate electrical capacity and wiring. Professional installation by a licensed electrician is recommended.
  2. Cutout Dimensions: Measure the dimensions of the cooktop and ensure that your countertop has an appropriate cutout space. Induction cooktops generally have similar dimensions to electric cooktops.
  3. Mounting: Place the induction cooktop into the cutout space and secure it using clamps or brackets, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. Electrical Connection: Your electrician will then connect the cooktop to the power supply, ensuring proper grounding and wiring connections. The specific requirements may vary, so ensure your licensed electrician refers to the manufacturer’s guidelines.

When it comes to cooktop installation, electric, gas, and induction cooktops all have their own requirements. Electric cooktops require a dedicated electrical circuit, gas cooktops need a gas line installation, and induction cooktops need a dedicated electrical circuit with proper wiring.

Consider your cooking preferences, kitchen layout, and safety regulations when selecting the cooktop that best suits your needs. Proper cooktop installation ensures not only an enjoyable cooking experience but also peace of mind knowing that your kitchen is equipped with a reliable and efficient cooktop. Once you had made the decision on which cooktop best suits your needs, ensure you hire a licensed electrician to complete the installation safely and within code.

For a quote or to book one of our licensed electricians, contact us at Southside Air Conditioning & Electrical today.