There are some great offers on cookers at this time of year, which is perfect if you’re looking to buy one in time for your Christmas festivities or just to give your kitchen a spruce-up for the new year.
But it’s all very well buying a cooker – how about the installation? Here we give an overview of what you need to know about installing an electric cooker.
Factors to consider
Because electric cookers need to produce a lot of heat, they draw a large amount of current.
There are therefore a number of considerations to take into account which could have an effect on the installation. These include the size of the cable (this depends on the power of the cooker) and length of the cable run. A larger fuse will be needed as well as a double pole isolating switch.
You also need to be aware of the type of circuit you use: the cooker should be on a radial circuit rather than in a ring circuit. An electric cooker must be installed on its own circuit and controlled by its own fuse.
Wiring the cooker
Without going into too much detail here, you would follow these steps:
-Wire the incoming mains into the cooker control switch
-Feed the circuit cable into the control unit, then strip the ends
-Connect the cable to the mains
-Fit the correct fuse
Use testing equipment
It is vital that you test how safe the installation is. First, check if your electrical supply’s residual current device (RCD) is working. An RCD protects you from getting a fatal electric shock in the event of you touching a live wire.
You should also check the circuit of the cooker once it’s connected by using an Earth Fault Loop tester.
If you don’t already have any test equipment, it can be more expensive to buy or hire it than it is to pay for a qualified electrician to carry out the installation.
Ask a qualified electrician
You might be thinking that we would say that! But, by law, only competent people – those with appropriate training, skills and knowledge, as well as the ability to carry out thorough testing – should carry out electrical work.
So, if you’re a competent amateur with experience, you could give it a go. But most electrical work is best carried out by a qualified electrician who has the knowledge to install the cooker correctly, as well as the right equipment to test it with.
Furthermore, by law, if it’s a new installation, a Part P registered electrician must be used, as they would be if any new circuit was being installed. So, if the cooker is being connected to an existing connection unit, you can do it yourself, but if you are installing a new cooker circuit then it must be carried out by Part P approved electrician.