So, now you have a new home and you are working hard to renovate your kitchen. You have the dishwasher, the cook-top and a new oven to install. The first thing you should do is unplug your old stove and oven. Only then can you proceed to connect the new items and the restructuring. Here’s how you can deal with major kitchen electrical issues.
Unplug stove and oven
As a new home owner and if you are remodeling your kitchen, then the first thing you should do is disconnect the old stove and oven just for safety. So, how do you do it?
First you need to check if the stove is gas or electric powered. If it is a gas powered stove, then you need to close or turn off the valve. In the case of an electric stove, remove the breaker and, if possible, the wires outside the panel.
In the case of an oven, just pull the plug if it’s a plug-in model or hire an electrician if it’s a hard-wired unit. Disconnecting the gas and the oven at the time of remodeling is a safety measure. In case of a spark or a wire break, the house and equipment are safe.
Installation of a dishwasher
All dishwashers, old or modern, have only three basic connections. All have a water outlet line, a water inlet line and an electrical connection. Therefore, whether you are installing a new dishwasher or replacing an old one, you will only have to deal with these three connections.
In the case of replacing an old dishwasher, turn off the power, turn off the hot water valve, break the connections from the old kitchen appliance and attach the new appliance. You are done!
You may require the services of a professional electrician to get the existing electrical wiring checked to ensure that it does not require replacement. Remember that the electrician will install a separate dishwasher circuit to keep your home and your appliances safe.
Connection of a new electric oven
If your old oven is old and needs replacement, then you first need to find out what type of oven you have. Is it a simple type that just needs to be plugged in or is it a hard wired unit?
For the simple variety that only needs a plug to be plugged into the socket, you can do it yourself. But, if you need modification of the circuit, then it is better to hire services of an electrician. You don’t want to blow everything up and risk your home.
There are things like getting a kitchen remodeling permit and others that only a professional electrician would know.
Installation of the cook-top
So you have a new cook-top and are planning to install it. Do you know what materials you will need and all the safety measures you need to take?
Installing a new cook-top first requires disconnecting the old one. Remove it from the opening and check if the opening is the right size for your new cook-top. To install a new one, first turn off the power. This is essential when doing any electrical work.
The first step is installing the spring clip. Give them from the upper edge of the cutting and screw them tightly. Keep the power off and push the power cord through the cook-top opening. Connect it to the power supply. Move the cook-top until everything is in place. Now turn on the power.
This is something you should only do if you have some knowledge of electricity. It is best to hire the services of an electrician, who can check the circuit and ensure that the device is indeed connected properly.
A professional and licensed electrician will know if the wiring is good or if it needs replacement. When you are remodeling your kitchen, you will plan to get a new cooktop and oven. Of course, those are essential but then it is equally essential to install them properly.
This post comes from Sally, who has been redoing her house for the better part of this year. She didn’t know much about electrical issues, rented Brisbane Air to assist in the remodeling of the kitchen.