How do you switch from gas to induction stove/oven

Hi,

I'm considering switching from our current slide-in gas stove/oven to induction since I've read about the poor air quality from gas appliances (and I hate electric). 

Has anyone ever done this?

Where do I start?

Who can perform this job--general contractor, electrician, handyman? 

Thanks!

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We are in the process of switching from a gas cooktop to an induction cooktop right now - although I think the end result will be worth it, it's not the easy plug-it-in solution I originally thought. My best advice is to read the specs for the cooktops you're looking at - the one we bought turns out to require hard-wiring to a dedicated 240v circuit, so I had to pay an electrician to run a new line from our electrical panel to our kitchen, which cost twice as much as the cooktop itself did. Once the electrical was done our handyman will be able to pull out the gas cooktop, cap the gas line and hardwire the new cooktop...once we solve the fact that the cutout in our countertop is the wrong size for the new cooktop. Bottom line: It's a worthwhile project, but learn from my mistakes and read all the fine print on everything and save yourself some stress!

Hi - 

It is a bit of a process. An induction stove draws quite a bit of power and it is very likely you will need a dedicated circuit from the main panel. The very first thing you need is an electrician who can come and assess, of course you will need to pay him/her for the time. Then they can give you a sense of how much space  you have on your panel and the cost. If it all seems right and you move forward, having a plumber cap the gas line is simple and inexpensive. 

Hope this helps!

Sarah

Hi!  We did this about 2 years ago and love our induction stove.  The first step is to get a 240V outlet (the kind that looks like a "dryer outlet") installed near the stove, which connects to an assigned 40-50 Amp breaker.  (If you have a new house or an old house where there used to be an electric stove this could be there already.)  An electrician can run the new line for you.  

Then you just plug in the new induction stove.   You will  need to cap the gas line when the old stove is removed -- I would hope the installers for the new stove would be licensed to do this, or else you would need a plumber to be there when the new stove is installed (that's something to ask the appliance store).  (In our case, we first sold the leaky "vintage" stove and so we had the gas line capped by a plumber before purchasing the new stove.)  

Good luck and feel free to reach out directly if you have further questions! 

hello Doubleuu,

I presume your existing range is all-gas with no electrical outlet, or (more likely) only a 110v outlet.  an all-electric range will need a dedicated 220v circuit.

in that case who to hire just depends on how hard it is to bring a new 220v electric circuit to the range. 

ideally, just an electrician is needed.  but it may require a general contractor (in case you need to open walls etc).  this may be a case where a handyperson is the best fit, although i very strongly recommend the handyperson hires a licensed electrician to install the wiring and pull the permits.

if you already have a 220v circuit at the range, then...  document exactly where the outlet is located on the wall.  verify the new range will accommodate that location (research the product info online, or ask the appliance vendor).  it may just work out with simply swapping the ranges.

and you probably already know, you may need new pots & pans designed to be used on induction cooktops.

good luck!---ac

If you have a free standing stove, you can buy an induction range and for a bit of extra money, the place you buy it from will deliver and install it, assuming you already have power running to that location in the kitchen. If you have a separate cooktop, a handyman could install it. If you need a new circuit, you should bring in an electrician. 
 

I have been using induction stoves for 10 years, and I cook a lot. They are fantastic, but the quality varies a lot. The single burner units you see around pale compared to the performance of a full cooktop.