Electric Cooker Installation Process and Costs
Is it time to get a new electric cooker installed? No kitchen is complete without a quality cooker! You may have questions, including how to install an electric cooker and how much it costs. If so, Excel Electricians Ltd. has you covered!
We’ve been helping people with electric cooker installations in London for years. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know before the installation.
Electric Cooker Installation Process and Costs
Why Are Electric Cookers Superior to Gas Stoves?
Are you on the hunt for the best electric cooker? There are tons of benefits to using electric over gas. Electric cookers are more energy-efficient than gas cookers. They are also easier to clean.
You get the maximum surface area with an electric cooker. This is a huge plus if you’re an avid home chef. Electric also tends to be more affordable than gas. You won’t have to worry about installing a gas line. Electric cookers also don’t release gas into the air like gas cookers do. That means they are safe for your family.
In addition, electric cookers are great at heating up your food quickly and evenly. You won’t ever have to worry about some of your food being undercooked while the rest is overcooked.
What are the Different Types of Electric Cookers?
Even if you’ve decided you for sure want an electric cooker, you still have more decisions to make. You can choose from an electric coil cooktop and an electric smooth top. Excel Electricians can install any kind of electric cooker you want us to!
Electric Coil Cooktop
Electric coils tend to be the most affordable of all stoves. So, if you’re on a budget, the electric coil should be your top choice. At a glance, you might mistake an electric coil cooktop for a gas stove.
But although these two types of stoves look similarly, at their core they have a vital difference: one is powered by gas and the other by electricity.
Electric Smooth Top Cookers
On the other hand, electric smooth top cookers have glass tops. They are probably what most people think of when they think of electric cookers.
Although they are more expensive than electric coil cooktops, they are still cheaper than gas stoves. Because of the sleek gas top, they are the easiest stoves to clean.
How to Install an Electric Cooker?
- Our skilled technicians will begin by removing your current cooker line and inspecting the new one. We’ll make sure you have good wiring in place. If you do, we will be able to use that same wiring for the new appliance. If not, we will need to replace it before installing the electric cooker.
- Next, we complete a health and safety inspection. We make sure that you will be able to easily access all the other appliances in your kitchen. We always make sure that your cooking is operating perfectly before we leave so you avoid running into any issues when you make dinner.
- We also test the independent electric circuit. If something isn’t quite right, we’ll make the necessary adjustments. But if everything looks good, the installation process is complete!
- We always leave your property even better than when we came. We’ll clean up any rubbish so you won’t have to worry about it later. Your brand-new electric cooker will be good to go! before we leave, we’ll give you a licensed copy of the Electric Appliance Installation Certificate. This proves that we installed the appliance according to health and safety standards.
- Excel Electricians completes every job quickly and efficiently. When you trust experienced technicians to get the job done right from the start, you won’t have to worry as much about repairs and malfunctions. Your electric cooker will serve you and your family well for years to come!
How Much Do Electric Cooker Installations Cost?
The cost of your electric cooker installation London will vary based on a few factors.
It will cost more if you currently have a gas stove in your kitchen. But if you already have an electric cooker, getting it replaced with a new one will be more affordable. You should expect to pay anywhere from £75 to £160 for an electric installation in the London area.
Excel Electricians offers services at competitive rates. You won’t easily find a cheaper option with the same level of experience. We would be happy to offer you a free quote on your electric cooker installation cost.
Frequently asked questions
Can I install my own electric cooker?
Unless you are a certified electrician, you should NOT try to install your electric cooker on your own. Your electric cooker is a large appliance that you’re going to use just about every day for several years. By attempting to install it yourself, you risk getting shocked or severely injured. An incorrect installation can also mean you’ve created a fire hazard.
Only an experienced electrician will know how to get the job done correctly. With Excel Electricians, you’ll experience optimal performance from your electric cooker. You will also be more confident in your ability to safely use the cooker. You will even have the certificate to prove that the cooker was installed safely!
How do I prepare for an electric cooker installation?
There are a few things you should do before your technicians arrive to ensure a smooth installation. Make sure there’s plenty of space in your kitchen so we’ll have no problem getting your electric cooker in the right place. You should have room to spare behind and on all sides of the cooker to ensure it’s properly ventilated. Clean up any flammable materials above the space for the cooker.
There are also some technical aspects you will need to check on before Excel Electricians comes to your place. Every electric cooker has slightly different needs so make sure that your supply outlet will be able to handle your new appliance. Your electrical outlet must be within 1.5 meters of the space where your cooker will be installed. Make sure you have the appropriate isolating switch.
How long does it take to install an electric cooker?
If you’ve hired an experienced professional to get the job done, installing your new electric cooker should take about an hour. In some cases, it might take closer to two hours if there are issues with the wiring or the appliance. You can ensure that the job gets done as quickly as possible by following the above instructions on how to prepare for your electric cooker installation London.
What kind of socket do I need for my electric cooker?
The size fuse you need to operate your electric cooker will vary depending on what type of cooker you have. If you have a less powerful cooker that uses 2.99KW or less, you will need a 13-amp socket. But if you have something that consumes 3KW or more, you will need a 32-amp socket.
You can find out what type of socket you need by checking the user manual for your cooker. You can also consult a professional electrician to make sure you have the right socket.
What kind of cable do I need for my electric cooker?
Most electric cookers should come with the right cable in the package. If for some reason your cooker did not come with a cable (or you need a replacement), you should purchase one that’s around 1.5 meters long. It should be reasonably thick, ideally 6mm or thicker. Make sure it’s heat-resistant.
The cable must also have several wires. Usually, there are three—one with a live current, one with a neutral current, and one that carries away residual current. Look for the names “twin and earth” or “two core and earth” when making your purchase.
What kind of isolating switch do I need for my electric cooker?
You have two options when it comes to isolating switches: a double pole and a single pole. Both will help keep you safe in the event of a short circuit. In other words, you won’t have to worry about getting shocked.
A single pole switch will shut off the live current in the wire. A double pole switch, on the other hand, will shut off both the live wire and the neutral wire. This is important because the neutral wire can sometimes become energized by the live wire. We recommend the double pole switch because it is extra safe. You won’t have to worry about residual electrical shocks.
Whatever switch you choose must be within 2 meters of your electric cooker. It shouldn’t be right above or below the hob.
The Most Trusted Technicians for Electric Cooker Installation London
If you’re about to get an electric cooker installed in London, choose the experienced, reliable technicians at Excel Electricians.
Although we are based in East London, Excel Electricians is also willing to travel! We commonly install electric cookers throughout the following locations:
Orpington - Dartford - Bromley - Greenwich - Bexleyheath - Romford - Welling - Erith - bow - Mile End- Chislehurst - Abbey Wood - Woolwich - Sidcup - Beckenham - Plumstead
Other electrical services we provide
Excel Electricians LTD
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