If you have just bought yourself a Neff induction hob, then chances are that you will want to cut down on time before you actually get to use it. Therefore, you might be considering installing the induction hob yourself and wondering how to wire a Neff induction hob.
Sadly, this is not a job that can be done by just anyone, and you will need to hire a professional engineer or electrician to install your Neff induction hob properly – it’s a matter of safety as much as it is a case of getting things perfect!
Let’s look at why you need a professional to install your hob and how you can prepare for its arrival.
Why do I need a professional to install my Neff induction hob?
Many of us do like a good DIY project, especially when it comes to our kitchens. We can make the room exactly the way that we want it, not to mention save money on installations and professional decorators all the same.
However, there are certain things that we simply should not do by ourselves. Ultimately, unless you are fully trained in electrical engineering and installation, setting up your own appliances – such as the wiring – is potentially very hazardous.
One of the most difficult appliances to install, too, is indeed the induction hob. No matter what make it is, it will need specific adjustments to connect to your home’s wiring safely.
Now, you may be thinking that induction hobs will be easier to install than other hobs. They’re lighter, easier to use, just need to be wired in, etc. However, despite their somewhat easier installation, the wiring itself can be tricky.
If your induction hob is set up on a circuit that is either too powerful or not powerful enough, your appliance could break down or even cause a fire. That is why you need a professional engineer to install your Neff induction hob properly!
Thankfully, due to the fact that induction hobs do tend to be lighter and somewhat easier to install than certain other hobs, the installation should not cost too much. In fact, you can have your new induction hob installed by a Neff technician by contacting them at any point during the buying process.
On the other hand, the shop or online store from which you bought the appliance could also have their own technicians come to install your Neff induction hob when it is being delivered. It’s worth checking for these add-on services when you buy.
Either way, as long as your Neff induction hob is installed by a professional engineer, you can be sure it’s safe to use and good to go whenever you’re ready. No hassle or muddling around!
How can I help to prepare for the installation of my Neff induction hob?
Just because you cannot install your Neff induction hob by yourself, that does not mean that you cannot help to make the installation go quicker and easier. The first thing that you can do is choose the perfect location for the hob.
You will need a space that is wide enough for the hob’s surface, of course, but also one with plenty of room underneath. Although the top of your Neff induction hob is indeed flat, underneath, there is an entire machine and wiring – and the extra room needed will also help the fan, which is an essential component in any induction hob.
You can install an induction hob on top of an existing cooker, on a cupboard top or elsewhere – providing it’s deep and wide enough, and that there is space underneath.
Carefully consider the thickness of the surface you choose. Your induction hob in itself may be relatively light – however, at any one time, it will likely have to carry a lot of weight, such as full pots and pans. Therefore, you will need a sturdy enough surface, around 20mm thick will do the trick.
Finally, in order to ensure that you can start using your hob as soon as possible, you will need to ensure that you have the right pots and pans. Induction hobs use magnetic fields to heat up your pots and pans, and in order to complete the magnetic field, the bases of the pots and pans need to – of course – be magnetic.
You can check your own pans by looking at the bottoms for symbols or words indicating that they are suitable for these systems, or by checking them with a fridge magnet or two. If the magnet sticks to the bottom of the pans, then they are suitable for induction hobs – if not, then you will have to retire them for the moment!
Once you have prepared all of this, your Neff induction hob will be ready to go, and easily installed by a professional.
As you can see, installing an induction hob is not as easy as it may seem. There may be plenty of online tutorials telling you otherwise, but remember that your home has specific settings that those tutorials do not know about. It is best to hire a professional who can install your induction hob safely – giving you time and space to enjoy your appliance over the years to come.