Maybe it’s time to upgrade your cooker or oven, regardless of whether you’d like to swap out the old one to one with a new contemporary design, or maybe your old oven has been sent to the electrical void at the top of the sky.
Whatever the reason behind upgrading, you need to make sure that you are aware of how to set up an electric oven properly and, more importantly, in a safe way.
This article will walk you through step-by-step directions for getting rid of your old oven from removal to installation.
Although the process might seem easy and quick, performing an electric cooker installation that is professionally done isn’t an easy job to do by yourself. We’d like to ensure you’re aware of all legal requirements and safety considerations before diving into the action.
We hope you appreciate this post. Follow our step-by-step instructions to guide you through the installation of your electric cooker. You will be able to avoid common mistakes and minimise the risk of installing the appliance.
How to Install a Cooker Yourself
In this step-by-step guide, we’ll go over the various aspects that are involved in the replacement of one electric oven. It should be a straightforward procedure, if your oven is comparable as a replacement. The majority of single electric ovens have a standard width and should be able to fit into the same space (560 millimeters).
We’d like to draw your attention to the fact that all single electric ovens are equipped with an electrical plug that is attached to the flex’s end. But, some double ovens that have a larger size and require a separate supply and require hard wiring. Contact a professional if you’re not sure.
In the beginning, you should determine the location where the oven is connected. It may just be behind it, on from the sides, or higher or below. Based on the location the oven is. Once you’ve located the socket, you’ll have to turn it off and then unplug.
Open the door of the oven. There should be four or two screws holding the oven in its place. Make use of a screwdriver to loosen all screws that are in the oven’s carcass.
After you have removed the screws After that, you must take the oven off of its position. Since ovens are heavy, you should seek assistance in the process if you require. When taking the oven out take note of the plug connected to be free of obstruction and not tangled between cupboards or worktops.
In the next step, you’ll need to switch the plug from your old oven into your new oven.
If you’re not sure about what to do about wiring to the outlet, take these instructions:
Find your terminal outlet and it will be located at the rear of your appliance. Remove the plate.
It is then necessary for you to join the live wire (brown) as well as to the neutral wire (blue) and earth wire (green/yellow). Connect these wires into the correct slots. The neutral wire is on the left; while the earth wire goes to the middle as well as the live one moves towards the left.
It is then necessary to be able to screw the screws tight, locking them into position, and then put the plate back into place.
You are now able to use you new oven and set it in the right place. Be sure to feed the cooker’s wire to the socket on the plug. Remember that you’ll require some help lifting and putting the cooker in place since the weight is extremely heavy.
Make sure you take your time in this procedure and take care not to get the electric cooker’s cord when you are putting your oven into position.
Unlock your new oven’s door. Using your screwdriver, insert the screws into the points, then fix the oven in place.
Once the oven is secured it is now safe to plug the electric oven to the wall and turn it on. Make sure to set the correct timer in the settings. Follow the instructions of the manufacturer for your particular oven to learn how to set the oven correctly.
Tools to Install a Cooker
At this point, you’ll have the oven you want to replace However, you’ll require the right tools for a successful completion of the project.
You’ll need the following equipment to set up the cooker:
- Screwdriver (Flat / Philips / Nut)
- Needle-Nose Pliers
- Old Towels
- Wire cutters/ pliers
- New 3-point Plug
Safety Equipment to Install a Cooker
It’s no surprise that safety must be the top priority when you are removing or installing any electrical appliances. Even though the removal of your oven and changing it with a comparable for like model isn’t that difficult, you’ll be dealing with wiring and that can carry some risks if you’re not experienced in working with wiring.
Remember that you can be severely injured if you don’t follow the instructions properly.
We recommend that you consult with an electrician if in doubt during any of the stages of changing your oven.
You’ll require these safety devices
- Protective Gloves. Use these to help move the oven’s heavy load.
- Shoes to protect yourself – Certain cookers can be very heavy. You should wear toe caps on protection shoes to prevent injuries.
Due to the heavy cooker’s weight We also recommend that you get help from someone to assist you in lifting and removing the new cooker to its new location.
We also suggest studying the manufacturer’s directions and guidelines. Always consult them in the event of a need.
Materials to Install a Cooker
The following items to set up a cooker:
- An electric cooker
- A protective, thick and durable sheet
To prepare for the installation of your cooker it is crucial to upgrade your existing cooker to an identical model. In other words, both older and newer models need to have the same volume of electricity.
If the appliance has a power of 3000W (3kW) that means it could be connected using a 13A fuse. Be aware of this when buying the new appliance.
The heavy towel or sheet will protect your flooring. If you are removing your old cooker, it has to be placed on the floor. We suggest that you shield your flooring from scratches or damage.
How to Prepare for Installing a Cooker
Before installing your cooktop, you’ll be required to make yourself ready to make sure that the installation goes smoothly.
First, you are required to ensure you have enough room in the kitchen. This will enable you to take out the old oven, and give you plenty of space to manoeuvre your new cooker to the right place.
We recommend that you take away any debris in the vicinity of the cooker and wash the kitchen area where the cooker is to be placed.
It’s essential to switch off the electricity supply through the switch. First, turn off the power at the outlet. Make sure you shut the supply off on the mains. This will ensure your safety when you connect the cooker. It is possible to turn it off after the new cooker has been safely installed.
The oven will require frequent cleaning since it is frequently used. In addition to cleaning your oven, it’ll need maintenance from time to time.
It is recommended to check the seals on the door, because it may degrade with time, leading to the loss of heat.
Be careful not to slam the door as this could cause damage or even break glass.
The new oven will come with an internal light source, and it may need to be replaced at some time. Removing or replacing the bulb is an easy task, but you’ll be required to read the manual for your cooker prior to doing so since every oven model differs.
If you are cleaning or maintaining your oven, it’s essential that you complete these tasks only when the oven is turned off and cold.
If there is a cooker within your electric oven it will require only regular cleaning. If you do happen to encounter spills, we recommend cleaning the area as soon as possible, however, you should wait for the oven to cool before doing so.
It is possible to find an appropriate oven cleaner as well as sprays at the local grocery store. We suggest cleaning the interior of your oven, including the oven racks at least every six months.
This can be used as a reference If you are using your oven more often, dirt and grease can accumulate faster, and requires regular cleaning.
Removing an Old Cooker
Before you take down your old cooker be sure that the power supply is shut off. It’s not safe to be at risk of any electricity that is inside the cooker’s cable as it could cause injury and possible electrocution.
To do this, find an oven’s main switch and the socket. Switch off your oven by turning off the mains. It is important to make sure that all the switches are correctly identified. If you’re looking for that added convenience, switch off all mains power while you are removing the oven.
Switch on the oven to ensure that the oven is shut off by a safety switch.
It is likely that you have located the plug. Now, it’s time to remove the oven cord from the socket.
Open the oven door. It is important to identify the screws. They’ll be in between the edges of the carcass. Use a screwdriver to remove all screws.
To make them easier to remove, take the door of your oven off. This makes the oven easier to lift, and allows you to remove the old oven from its present location.
Make sure to remove the oven from its place. Ask someone else to assist you in this process since ovens are extremely difficult to move and lift. Be sure to wear gloves that are protective and shoes to ensure security.
Your oven is now safe to be removed and you’re now ready to start installing your new cooking appliance.
Q: What is a range cooker?
A: A range cooker is a combination of an oven and a hob in one freestanding appliance. It is typically larger than a standalone integrated oven. They have features such as two ovens, separate grill, storage compartments and warming drawers.
They come with a wide variety of cooking settings such as a pizza setting. This is no cheap electric cooker, so be prepared to pay for its multifunctional uses.
Q: What is an induction cooker?
A: Induction hobs are unique in their use. The hob rings have been designed to directly heat a pan when placed on the hob. Whereas a normal eutectic hob has been designed for the hob ring to heat up when activated by a control.
If you place a pan on an induction hob, a magnetic field under the surface is activated. These cookers are highly advantageous, for speed, responsiveness and are energy efficient.
Q: How long does it take to install an electric cooker?
A: It can take anything from 1-2 hours to install an electric cooker. It’s important that you are replacing your cooker with a like for like model. If your cooker isn’t like for like an electrician will need to be called.
Q: What is the standard size of a cooker?
A: There are usually three standard widths of a cooker; 50cm, 55cm and 60cm. Single ovens are around 60cm, and double ovens range from 70-90cm. Compact ovens are around the size of a large microwave, and these usually range about 45 cm tall.
Q: Can a 13-amp oven be plugged in?
A: If your oven comes with a 13A plug, then no wall wiring is required. You are free to plug it in. If your oven is under 2.9kW, it can be fitted with a 13A plug, but check to see if the manufacturer’s instructions state otherwise.