How to Replace Your Gas Range With an Induction Cooktop

How to Replace Your Gas Range With an Induction Cooktop

How to Replace Your Gas Range With an Induction Cooktop

Introduction

Upgrading from a traditional gas range to an induction cooktop can be a great way to modernize your kitchen. Induction cooking uses electromagnetic energy to heat cookware directly, making it more energy-efficient than gas. The technology allows for very precise temperature control, faster boiling, and easier cleaning since there are no open flames. Replacing your range with an induction cooktop requires some electrical work but can be a DIY project if you’re up for the challenge. In this guide, I’ll walk you through the entire process of replacing a gas range with an induction cooktop, from choosing the right cooktop to installing and using your new induction burner.

Choosing an Induction Cooktop

The first step is selecting the right induction cooktop for your needs. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Cooktop size – Induction cooktops come in widths ranging from 30″ all the way up to 48″. Measure the existing cutout where your gas range was installed to determine the size you need.

  • Number of burners – Induction cooktops can have as few as 1 burner or as many as 5. Consider how many pots/pans you typically use at once. More burners allow for more flexibility.

  • Power – Induction burners are rated by power in watts. More powerful burners boil water faster. Power ranges from 1,400W up to 3,700W.

  • Features – Many induction cooktops include features like timers, keep warm settings, melt functions, etc. Decide if any particular features are important to you.

  • Budget – Prices range widely from $500 on the low end to $3,000+ for pro-style models. Set a budget to narrow down your options.

I compared several models within my budget and decided on a 30″ Frigidaire Induction Cooktop with 4 burners and 3,700W maximum power. This size will fit my existing cutout, and 4 burners provides plenty of flexibility for my needs.

Removing the Old Gas Range

Before installing your new induction cooktop, the existing gas range must be removed. Follow these steps:

  • Turn off gas supply – Locate the shut-off valve on the gas line and turn it off. This is an important safety step!

  • Disconnect gas line – Unplug the flexible gas line from the rear of the range. You may need a wrench to loosen the fitting.

  • Disconnect electrical – Unplug the electrical cord or disconnect the wiring, depending on your connection type.

  • Remove grates/burners – Lift off all grates, burners, pans, and anything else removable from the cooktop surface.

  • Disconnect retention clips – There are likely metal clips holding the range in place. Unscrew or loosen these clips. There may be clips at the rear and/or on the sides.

  • Slide range out – With all connections detached, slowly pull the range forward to slide it out of the space. This often takes 2 people to maneuver safely.

You now have an empty cutout ready for your new induction cooktop!

Preparing the Electrical Supply

Induction cooktops require 240 volt electrical connections. Most modern kitchens already have a 240V circuit for an electric range. If you currently have gas, you’ll need to install a new circuit.

To add a 240V circuit:

  • Hire an electrician to run a new 240V line to your kitchen and install a 120/240V outlet.

  • The outlet should be a 50 amp NEMA 14-50 receptacle. This is standard for most induction cooktops.

  • Your electrician can determine the correct gauge electrical wiring needed based on your cooktop’s power demands.

Installing a new 240V circuit often costs $500-$1000, so factor this into your budget. Hiring a professional ensures it’s done safely and correctly.

Installing the Induction Cooktop

Once your electrical supply is ready, you can install the new cooktop:

  • Prepare cutout – Make sure the cutout is clean. Add plywood underneath for stability if needed.

  • Slide cooktop into place – Carefully lower the induction cooktop into the cutout. Center it evenly.

  • Connect electrical – Plug in the power cord or connect the wiring per the cooktop manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Connect gas (if applicable) – If your cooktop is a dual-fuel model using gas for the oven and induction for the cooktop, reconnect the gas line.

  • Check functionality – Turn on the power to verify all burners and functions operate correctly.

  • Attach retention clips – Install the metal retention clips along the sides/rear to secure the cooktop snugly in place.

Take care when lowering the heavy cooktop into place. Use an appliance dolly or get help to avoid injury.

Using Your Induction Cooktop

Now comes the fun part—using your new induction cooktop! Here are some usage tips:

  • Induction only works with magnetic cookware. Use pans and pots made from cast iron, stainless steel, or enameled steel.

  • The cooking surface itself does not get hot. The pan gets hot while the area underneath remains cool to the touch.

  • You can precisely control temperature by adjusting the power level, similar to gas burners. Most cooktops have 10+ power levels.

  • Use flat-bottom pans that make full contact with the cooking surface for maximum efficiency.

  • Liquids boil faster than on gas or electric coils. So keep an eye on pots to avoid boiling over!

  • The lack of flames provides easy wipe-down cleaning. Occasionally remove built-up deposits with special cooktop cleaner.

With your new induction cooktop installed, you can enjoy faster, more energy-efficient cooking! Just be sure to use the right induction-compatible pots and pans. Let me know if you have any other questions!