Step-By-Step Guide To Install, Wire And Connect Your Electric Cooker

A lot of people ask us whether they can install a new electric hob and cooker at their home using a DIY approach? Well, there are two answers to it. The first one is a definite ‘Yes’; if you have the right certification and qualify as a skilled individual to work with electrical appliances and equipment.

The second answer is also a ‘Yes’, but with a little elucidation. It is a fact that a qualified electrician is authorized to install your new electric cooker. However, a competent person having exposure and experience of different situations can better replace the gas oven with an electric alternative, even if they don’t have the required qualification.

The DIY enthusiast has to be extremely careful during the process of installing or wiring as it involves quite a few intricacies that need to be considered. So, before you roll up your sleeves and put on a wizard cloak, you need to be aware of the procedure and electrical regulations.

Let’s start discussing the latter option.

What are Electrical Regulations?

Suppose your new electric cooker requires more power to operate than what you previously had. If this is the case, you will have to install a new circuit to provide the required voltage to your newly bought appliance. But, according to the law, only a Part P certified electrician is allowed to install a cooker circuit.

Now then? Thinking of calling an authorized individual to do the job? No need to do it. If your experience and knowledge allow you to handle your existing circuit and cooker control unit, you can do it on your own. Still, you should know what exactly is required and how you are going to go about it. Why? Because the entire procedure is a specialist job and one bit of carelessness and mediocrity can land you in serious trouble.

Even if you think you master the art and can DIY, authorities mandate that you call a qualified electrician to inspect the circuit and other things before issuing you Minor Electrical Installation Works Certificate. If you don’t follow the regulations, it can revoke your property insurance which may make it difficult for you to sell your home in the future.

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If you still want to go ahead with a DIY installation of an electric hob and cooker, we have compiled 6 basic steps to ease your job.

1.   Confirm whether your home meets the power requirements or not?

As electric cookers generate a great amount of heat, they require excessive energy to work. Considering the huge amount of power needed, you have to have at least a 13-amp fuse, and some latest models require a 32-amp fuse to work. It is important to see the product specifications to know the needed amperage.

As the cooker will need lots of power, you will require a fuse box dedicated just for the appliance. Moreover, you must also fit the electric hob on a separate circuit to ensure that the cooking system has enough energy to work properly and safely.

2.   Installation of a double pole isolating switch

Electric hobs and cookers require immense energy to work normally, and this is why they need the support of double pole isolating switches. What do these switches do? Let us tell you. A double pole isolating switch acts as a safety guard for your power-hungry electric cooker.

In the case of a short circuit, isolating switch makes sure that the wiring doesn’t carry any electric current towards the cooker. It also makes sure that you or any of your family member doesn’t get electrocuted when they come in contact with the cooker after the short circuit.

Remember to always go for a double pole isolating switch and not just any other single switch. Single switches are known to de-energize the live wire alright, but as the cooking machine sucks so much power, they can easily energize the wires, even the neutral ones. So, they are not safe. This is where double pole switches come into play because they shut the entire system completely.

3.   Beware of the right placement of cooker control unit

The electric cooking range must always be connected to a cooker control unit via a thick cable. Keeping the cooker close to the unit is important, i.e., within or around two meters. However, the cooker must never be directly under the control unit as it can bring with it a potential fire hazard.

If your control unit happens to be of the latest model, it will have neon lights on it. These lights will turn on to tell you when the unit is on and whether the current is flowing through it or not.

4.   Choose the right cable; a thick one

While buying a new cooker, make sure that the package includes a cable. In case there is no wire, read the following guidelines that will enable you to buy a strong wire that does the job perfectly.

It must be heat-resistant and thick enough to support the high-duty operation. For household needs, 2.5 mm or above is considered right.

The cable must contain multiple wires. You can easily find a cable having three wires, including a blue wire for neutral current, a brown one for live current and the third for grounding the residual current. This sort of cable is normally called a ‘2 core and earth’ or ‘twin and earth’.

If you are still facing difficulties finding the best cable having the right size and wires, consult a reliable technical person near you or carefully read the appliance manual.

5.   Take into account the hot zone

The hot zone of your electric cooker is the area above it and understandably so. After choosing the right location for the cooker, it is important to remove any flammable materials from the area like wallpaper, wood, overhanging boiler or any indoor plants.

Experts suggest that there should be a space of 300mm, at least, between the electric cooker and other items in your kitchen. This is essential, especially when you’ve recently renovated your house or office and done kitchen fitting, including mounting sinks, refrigerator installation, dishwasher installation, or any other appliances. Apart from the countertops, most things should be kept at a distance from the cooker due to the excessive heat produced by it.

6.   Connect your electric hob and cooker to your building’s power grid

You must have taken into consideration all the above-mentioned steps and precautions deemed necessary for safety. After that, now is the time to connect your appliance or wire it. Below are some significant points that make sure your installation is safe and according to the regulations.

Wiring your cooker on the back of it

  • The outlet terminal is mostly found on the back of the appliance. Locate it and unscrew the plate.
  • Connect the earth wire − mostly green or yellow coloured − on the right, the live or brown one to the left, and the neutral blue one should be connected in the centre.
  • After connecting the wires at their respective slots, tighten the screws and put the plate back.

Connecting your cooking appliance with the cooker control unit

  • Start by making sure that the main cable is tightly attached to the cooker
  • There must be a cooker circuit on the fuse box. Lock it using a padlock. This is done to stop accidental flipping of the switch during the wiring procedure
  • To de-energise your wires and appliance, turn on the double pole isolator switch
  • To avoid scratches on the floor, while moving the appliance into the right position, place an air bubble sheet, piece of vinyl or a flat thermal packing material under it
  • Before connecting the cooker control unit with the cooker, use a voltage tester to ensure the unit is dead and safe to work. If yes, remove the screws inside the connections.
  • Now push the wires in the right place or slots and tighten them using the screws. Screw them by keeping a slight angle to avoid cross-threading.
  • Lastly, to firmly secure the wiring, screw the insulation under the wiring.

Final words…

If you follow the instructions carefully and implement them step-by-step, you will be ready to prepare your favourite dishes in no time. To install the electric hob and cooker in the right way or accomplish any other electrical task, you will have to do complete research and preparation to perform it with care and in a safe manner.

It is important to note that electrical jobs can be tricky, tiresome, and require the technical knowledge to pull them off. However, if you think the task is technical and you aren’t equipped to do it, call the Expert electricians on the date and time of your choice.

We have a team of highly certified and experienced electricians who can solve all your electrical concerns. Just contact us via the Expert app, and you’ll love the experience.