Retrofit a ceramic hob

Ceran fields have long been a matter of course in German kitchens. Nevertheless, not all apartments and houses are equipped with it - such as the former apartments of older people or old buildings in general. There are therefore numerous reasons for retrofitting a ceramic hob. Below we have summarized for you what you need to pay special attention to and where the differences lie.

What is a ceramic hob anyway?

First of all, we have to make a definition of the word "Ceranfeld". Colloquially, the ceramic hob has established itself as a name for a glass ceramic hob with halogen or infrared technology. These hobs are recognizable by the fact that you turn on bright red when you turn on and also very hot.

Ceran field can also mean induction hob

However, the term "Ceran" is a protected brand name, which could establish itself only synonymous with the name of the product among the consumers. The problem is that consumers associate a ceramic hob with a glass ceramic hotplate that works with the halogen technology just described.

These are ceramic fields

However, the following glass-ceramic cooktops are also ceramic fields in a figurative sense:

  • Ceramic hob with halogen / infrared
  • Ceran field with induction
  • Ceran field with gas (gas on glass, gas under glass)

Apart from the glass ceramic field with gas technology, you can therefore apply the following information for retrofitting a ceramic hob to both halogen and induction hobs.

The particularities

If you now want to retrofit a ceramic hob, you first have to familiarize yourself with the special features. These will then be compared with the conditions at your location. Accordingly, you can then retrofit a suitable ceramic hob.

Ceran fields can be distinguished as follows:

  • as a component of a combined appliance (cooker with ceramic hob and oven via a connection)
  • as a single part, which can be connected alone (self-sufficient ceramic hob)

Check if combined or self-sufficient cooking hob

So if you want to retrofit an induction hob in a fitted kitchen with an electric cooktop (classic cooktop) or an induction cooktop in a fitted kitchen with a ceramic cooktop, you must first check whether it is a combi appliance or self-sufficient components.

Preferably, retrofit both components in an old combi unit

Is it a combi unit, you can only retrofit, if the manufacturer to the oven model also has a ceramic or induction hob (still) on offer. If you also need to renew the oven, it is highly recommended to buy both components from your home as self-sufficient appliances. In the future you will be able to exchange both parts at any time, if necessary. Without you having to do without the other device.

The connection of a self-sufficient ceramic hob

When connecting a ceramic hob, however, it should be noted that this offers several connection options, which the manufacturer will also list in his installation instructions. Follow the link, you will receive detailed and important information (which are indispensable for you even if the connection is carried out by a specialist.

Tips & Tricks

New appliances are distributed throughout Europe in the same packaging. Therefore, different connection options are explained. For ceramic hobs with more than two hobs, the 230 V AC connection does not refer to Germany, but to countries in which there is no 400 V three-phase current. A ceramic hob should therefore always be connected to three-phase (Herddose) with 400 V as possible.

Especially with the care of a Cerandfeld with halogen technology you must consider the handling of sugar.

Video Board: Whirlpool Electric Cooktop Installation Model G9CE3065XS