Freestanding Cooker Installation Guide

Here, we’re going to take a look at best practices for installing a freestanding cooker, as well as answer some of those burning questions that you may have.

Do electric cookers need to be hardwired?

Any freestanding cooker above 13 amps needs to be hardwired because a plug socket will not be able to take this level of power and it will trip the electrics, this is the rule for all electric cookers.

If a plug has not been supplied with your appliance then the general rule is that it needs to be hardwired appropriately.

What colour is the live wire on a cooker?

The colour of the live wire that can be found on a freestanding cooker is brown.

Can electric cookers just be plugged in?

Your cooker is electric so surely that means you can plug it straight into a standard plug socket, right? This all depends on what model you have bought and what it says in the manual. We recommend that the appliance is connected by a qualified electrician who is a member of the N.C.E.I.C. and who will comply with the I.E.E. and local regulation. When searching for your electric cooker, many manufacturers will tell you the requirements of installation. Available on the Amica website is a downloadable user manual for each product, which will tell you how to install the product and whether you will need a professional.

Can you change an electric cooker to a gas cooker?

If you have an electric cooker but now feel like you want to try cooking with a fast and responsive gas cooker, it’s easy.

Gas is generally cheaper than electricity and has many advantages over cooking with electricity. However, you must understand that when swapping from electricity to gas it should always be done by a qualified professional. You may consider yourself to be a DIY expert, but when dealing with gas and electric you must ensure that a qualified engineer undertakes the work, otherwise you could end up seriously hurting yourself.

You will need a qualified local heating engineer who is on the Gas Safe register to do the job, as they will be able to handle the conversion to gas easily. You may also require a qualified electrician.  

Converting your electric cooker to gas will incur some costs, but these will depend on a number of factors. If your kitchen already has a gas fitting that you are able to connect your cooker to, then it will be a lot cheaper. But if not, a heating engineer will need to divert your gas and install a socket that the cooker can then be connected to, this will require more work and therefore a higher cost.

The cost will also depend on whether you want to replace just the hob or the entire cooker. Replacing the whole cooker will be more expensive so this is something to be aware of.

Can you fit a gas cooker yourself?

You may be asking yourself, why can’t I fit my gas cooker myself? And although many people claim this is something you can undertake yourself, we always recommend that when installing an appliance and connecting it to a gas supply, that you employ a qualified professional to install it for you.

A professional will have all the relevant equipment to easily install your cooker and has the knowledge, experience and insurance to ensure a safe installation. If you attempt the installation yourself, you could get hurt or install it incorrectly which will then result in further issues in the future. Therefore it is suggested that a professional fits in first time.

Gas cooker installation regulations

When installing a gas cooker there are many regulations that must be followed to ensure correct and safe installation.

  • The most important thing when installing a gas cooker is that it is fitted by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
  • You should ensure that the space you are looking to install the freestanding gas cooker into has adequate space. If the cooker has a high-level grill there needs to be a minimum clearance above the grill.
  • All cookers must have a built-in flame failure device fitted, this is part of the gas burner system. This device is extremely useful as it cuts the supply of gas if the flame is extinguished for any reason. A flame failure device is particularly important for cookers that are installed in flats or multi-dwelling buildings.
  • If you are a landlord, under the Gas Safety Installation and Use regulations 1998, it is your legal responsibility that a Gas Safe registered engineer certifies all gas appliances in the home annually. If you are the tenant in the property then you must ensure that your landlord has the certificate stating that all appliances are certified. This will ensure that all of your appliances are safe to use and provide you with complete peace of mind.

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