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Our Guide To Installing, Wiring & Connecting An Electric Cooker

How To Install An Electric Cooker

At Assured Electricians, we understand the importance of a properly installed electric cooker. Whether you’re upgrading your kitchen or replacing an old cooker, ensuring it has been installed correctly is crucial for safety and performance.

When speaking to many of our customers, we often get asked what’s involved in installing a new electric cooker, so we’ve decided to create this detailed guide. As you can probably imagine, it isn’t as simple as plugging it straight into the closest socket.

Tools & Materials Needed

Before diving into the installation, we will need all the necessary tools and materials to make the process smooth and efficient.

Tools:

  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Wire strippers
  • Voltage tester
  • Adjustable spanner
  • Drill and suitable drill bits

Materials:

  • Electric cooker
  • Cooker cable
  • Double pole isolating switch (if not already installed)
  • Screws and wall plugs
  • Electrical tape

Safety First: Precautions to Take

Working with electricity can be dangerous, and installing an electric cooker is no different. Therefore, all of our team will follow these safety precautions:

  1. Turn Off The Power: Switch off the power supply to the area where we’ll be working at the consumer unit.
  2. Check The Power: Use a voltage tester to ensure there is no live current in the wires we’ll be handling.
  3. Read The Manual: Refer to your cooker’s manual for specific installation instructions and safety information.
  4. Use Proper Gear: Wear insulated gloves and avoid working with wet hands.

Our Step-by-Step Installation Guide


1. Prepare The Installation Area

We will start by ensuring the cooker’s installation space is clean and clear of obstructions. Regarding its placement, the cooker should have sufficient clearance on all sides, as specified in the manufacturer’s instructions, to allow for proper ventilation.

2. Install The Cooker Control Unit

If you don’t already have a cooker control unit (also known as a cooker connection unit or outlet plate), you’ll need to install one. This unit connects the cooker to the main supply and must be installed correctly, as discussed below.

  1. Position The Unit: Choose a location that is easily accessible and within reach of the cooker’s cable.
  2. Mount The Unit: Drill holes and use wall plugs and screws to secure the unit in place.
  3. Connect The Cable: Run the cooker cable from the control unit to the isolating switch.

Installing An Electric Cooker

3. Connect The Cooker Cable

Connecting the cooker cable correctly is vital for safe operation, and it involves the following.

  1. Strip The Wires: We normally strip about 10mm of insulation from the end of each wire using wire strippers.
  2. Identify The Wires: Typically, there will be three wires – live (brown or red), neutral (blue or black), and earth (green/yellow).
  3. Connect To The Cooker: Once stripped and each wire identified, we can then attach the wires to the corresponding terminals on the back of the cooker.

4. Install The Isolating Switch

The isolating switch allows you to quickly cut off power to the cooker if needed. It should be installed within two meters of the cooker but not directly above it. In terms of installing the switch, we would do the following:

  1. Mount The Switch: Secure the switch to the wall following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Connect The Wires: Connect the cooker cable to the isolating switch, ensuring all connections are tight and secure.

5. Final Connections

Once everything is in place, we will need to make the final connections.

  1. Check All Connections: Double-check that all wires are securely connected and there are no loose ends.
  2. Secure the Cooker: Push the cooker into place, ensuring it is stable and level.
  3. Power Up: Switch the power back on at the consumer unit and test the cooker to ensure it’s working correctly.

Testing and Troubleshooting

After the installation, testing the cooker is crucial to ensure everything is functioning as expected. This would involve testing each function (oven, hob and grill) to ensure that everything is heating up as it should. We would also check for issues such as unusual sounds, smells or error messages on the display.

Electric Cooker Installation Guide

Maintenance Tips

To keep your electric cooker running efficiently, we advise that you follow our three main maintenance tips:

  • Regular Cleaning: Keep the cooker clean to avoid the build-up of grease and food particles, which can affect performance.
  • Inspect The Cable: Periodically check the cooker cable for any signs of wear or damage.
  • Ventilation: Ensure the cooker has proper ventilation to prevent overheating.

When To Call A Professional

While installing an electric cooker isn’t too difficult, if you do it yourself, we recommend having an electrician check your work and connections afterwards.

At Assured Electricians, we’re always here to help with your electrical needs. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need assistance with your electric cooker installation or any other electrical project. Your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities.

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