How to install an electric cooker
The time has clearly come for you to install a new electric cooker in your home. Maybe your old one has sadly finished it’s life span or you’re ready to renovate and modernise your kitchen, and that is an exciting time but.
You are more than likely reading this article to install your own electric cooker at home? You’re seeking advice from the experts and more than likely falling down a rabbit hole of how to youtube videos instead of actually enrolling on an electrical installation course.
You can install an electric cooker at home, as long as you know what you’re doing. Although we would highly recommend speaking to some professionals first for some advice and guidance, potentially just handing over the job to them and letting them do all the hard work for you. That way, you can focus more on what’s cooking for dinner.
Electrical regulation to be aware of
Unfortunately, installing an electric cooker isn’t quite as simple as plugging it in and being finished with the installation. There are regulations that need to be met to ensure that your cooker is safe for your home.
Your new cooker is more than likely far more powerful than the one you previously owned. This may mean that a new circuit may need to also be installed in order to safely power your new appliance. With that said, if you are able to use your current circuit and cooker control unit, then you are free to wire your new purchase, but you need to know what you are doing as this procedure can be fatal if you are not careful.
Even if you do know what you are doing, you will still need to hire a qualified electrician to inspect your work and issue you a Minor Electrical Installation Works Certificate. Failure to do so can void your property insurance, which you may need should your installation not go as well as planned.
The main steps to installing an electric cooker :
Ensure your home meets the power requirements
Cookers are power-hungry machines. And because of that, they need to be “supervised” by double pole isolating switches.
Essentially, this type of isolating switch ensures that, in the event of a short circuit, the cooker’s wiring (neutral wire included) is no longer carrying an electrical current. This also prevents getting shocked if you touched the appliance after the event.
Mind the Positioning of Your Cooker Control Unit
Your appliance needs to be connected via a thick cable to the so-called cooker control unit. However, make sure that your cooker is positioned within two meters of the unit, but never directly below it to prevent a potential fire hazard situation.
Take the “Hot Zone” of Your Appliance Into Account.
The cooker’s hot zone is essentially the area that is located directly above your appliance. So, before installing the cooker at your desired location, free it from any materials that are even remotely flammable, such as wood, wallpaper, overhanging boiler, etc.
There should also be a gap of at least 300mm between your appliance and any other items installed in your kitchen.
Connect Your Cooker to Your Home’s Power Grid
Now that you know all requirements by heart and have taken all necessary safety precautions, it’s time to wire your appliance. Here is what you need to do to ensure a successful installation.
Connect the cable to the back of your cooker
Locate the terminal outlet box on the back of your appliance and unscrew the plate.
Connect the live (brown), neutral (blue), and earth (green-yellow) wires into their appropriate slots (neutral goes to the left, live – to the right, earth – to the centre).
Tighten the screws to secure the wires in place and re-apply the backplate.
Connect the cooker to your cooker control unit.
Check if the cooker cable is securely attached to your appliance.
Lock the cooker circuit on your fuse box with a small padlock to prevent anyone from accidentally flipping the switch while you are wiring your appliance.
Turn the double pole isolator switch on to completely de-energise your cooker.
Place a scrap piece of vinyl or other protective covering underneath your appliance before moving it into position to avoid scratching your kitchen flooring.
Use a voltage tester to ensure that your cooker control unit is completely dead and safe to work with, then remove the screws inside the connections.
Gently push the wires into their corresponding slots, then place the screws back. When doing so, be careful not to cross-thread the screws, i.e. screw them at an angle.
Finally, screw the insulation bit under the wiring to firmly secure the wires in place.
If you followed all our instructions closely, you are probably already cooking your favourite dinners and baking cakes as we speak. As you can see, even minor electrical jobs require lots of patience, research, and preparation, but it is doable if you work with extreme care and with the right mindset. However, save yourself some of the hard work and contact our team for some additional guidance.