These are the steps you’ll want to follow before installing an induction cooktop in your home:
- Learn how much this project will cost and find out what incentives are available.
- Select your product and plan your installation. Some installation professionals that may need to be involved are an electrician, a tradesperson to modify your countertop, and/or a plumber, if you are capping a gas line. Referrals from family, friends, or neighbors are a great way to find industry professionals.
- Prepare your home. If necessary, take preliminary measures to get your home ready for a new induction cooktop or range, such as upgrading your electrical service or making changes to your kitchen configuration.
- Talk to a professional about how long installation will take.
Preparing for an Induction Cooktop Installation
Determine whether your home has adequate electrical service for an induction cooktop or range and make an upgrade if necessary.
Most full-size induction cooktops require a 240-volt connection. When switching from gas stove to induction, wiring a new dedicated, high-power circuit and 240-volt plug for the stove can add $300.
Consider rearranging the kitchen.
While you could simply replace the entire range, you could also use the opportunity to reconfigure your kitchen. You may want to place the induction cooktop and your oven in separate areas for a more versatile cooking area.
If replacing a gas stove, remember to cap the gas line.
You’ll want to hire a plumber to cap and seal the gas line to prevent leaks.
Check that your existing cookware is compatible with induction.
As long as your cookware has a flat bottom and some iron content, it should work with an induction cooktop. Anything from a stainless-steel skillet to a cast-iron Dutch oven—even one coated in ceramic—should work. To see if your cookware is compatible, try the magnet test: take a standard refrigerator magnet and touch it to the bottom. If it sticks, the pan will work on an induction cooktop. In any case, an iron or steel plate can always be added to the bottom to make it compatible with induction.
Consider ventilation over or near the stove.
Induction cooktops don’t produce the gaseous toxins— including methane, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides—that gas stoves do, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about ventilation. Induction cooking still produces some steam, smoke, grease vapors, and other particles. You won’t need the same level of ventilation as a gas stove, but it’s still a good idea to ensure the best indoor air quality. An appliance store can recommend ventilation options that work best for your kitchen layout.
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