Warning Signs Your Cooktop Is On The Way Out
A well-maintained cooktop can last up to 10-12 years, but as with any kitchen appliance, there will come a time when it needs to be replaced,” says Geraldine Gillespie, The Good Guys Buyer – Cooking & Kitchenware.
Being aware of the signs that your cooker is deteriorating means you’ll be able to replace it before it stops functioning altogether. No one wants to get caught with half-boiled potatoes just before dinner time.”
Aside from the complete flatline when your cooktop won’t turn on, the biggest red flag is dwindling power in the burners or hotplates. A tell-tale sign is pots and pans taking longer to heat up – or the heat not extending to the outer rims
Cracks, rust or corrosion on the cooking surface are never a good look and can also affect the function of your stove. Loose temperature knobs or digital displays that are on the blink are a recipe for mealtime disaster. You don’t want to be left guessing your settings.
Smelling gas? This is a code red that something isn’t right with your gas cooktop – most likely a leak. Don’t turn it on, call for help ASAP.
“Aside from the complete flatline when your cooktop won’t turn on, the biggest red flag is dwindling power in the burners or hotplates.”
Considerations When Shopping For A New Cooktop
Unless your cooktop upgrade has inspired an entire kitchen remodel, you’ll have an empty spot where your new cooktop needs to fit. Best take some measurements first, then turn your attention to what type of stove is best for your household – electric, gas or induction.
Opt for electric if you’re looking for a budget-friendly option upfront. Gas models are durable and boast impressive temperature control and cooking times.
Shooting for MasterChef status? An induction cooktop makes a slick new addition. Popular with chefs for their precise temperature control, induction cooktops also offer superior energy efficiency and safety features. Induction cooktops heat your cookware directly while the cooktop surface stays cool.
All three options need to be installed by a licensed electrician. The Good Guys Home Services team will send a fully licensed tradie to your home to install it and show you all the bells and whistles. They’ll even take away your old one!