A cooktop is a type of stove that is installed by cooktop installers on top of an existing kitchen counter or range. Cooktops are available with either gas or electric components.
Gas cooktops are the most common type available today, and there are three types: sealed burner, broiler (open coil), and exposed (irregular).
Sealed burner types have burners enclosed inside the surface unit where they cannot be reached by pot handles or spills. Broiler types have exposed coils that line the entire front edge of the stovetop, allowing pots and pans to rest directly on top of them so food can brown underneath with the flame from above.
Electric cooktops come in smooth top and coil-style models, with the latter being the most common. Coil-type electric cooktops have heating coils under a continuous surface that is covered by a layer of glass. Smoothtop electric cooktops are made out of solid ceramic or porcelain and heat faster than their coil counterparts.
Cooktop Installation Costs in Australia
The cost of installation by cooktop installers depends on the type of cooktop you choose (gas cooktop or electric one), whether it is being installed in an existing counter with or without a backsplash, ease of access, and whether modifications to your current electrical system are necessary.
More costs involved in the installation include:
Service connection and delivery
Installer service charges
Plumbing and inspection services
Homeowners can expect to pay $300- $1000 for the gas cooktop installation cost. The new cooktop installation cost (gas) by different service providers includes only installation charges.
For electric cooktop installations, you need $300- $600 for the installation job. You might need to spend for the delivery, plumbing for the water supply, and a fee for the electrician and plumber.
Do you need an electrician to install a cooktop?
It depends on the type of cooktop you choose. If you install a gas cooktop, you will need to contact an electrician or gas technician for their service to hook it up to your home's natural gas. Electric cooktops can be installed by anyone who is familiar with basic electrical wiring but the task is probably best left to a professional.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do you wire up a cooktop?
Connect the red and black wires on the cooktop to the red and black wires in the power supply box. The white wire is the neutral wire, which completes the circuit. The white wire on the cooktop will connect to the white wire in the power supply. The green wire is the ground wire, which grounds the circuit.
2. What voltage does a cooktop use?
The voltage for an electric stove is 240 volts but the current draw varies, and you can find it displayed on a label affixed to the back of the oven near the electric connection. Once you know that, you can purchase the receptacle, cable and circuit breaker
3. Is it safe to cook on a cracked glass cooktop?
Using a cracked glass cooktop is dangerous and poses a risk of electrical shock. The only way to be sure the cooktop is safe is to replace it or to replace the glass