When the time comes for replacing your hob, perhaps your cooker is broken or just outdated and part of your kitchen refurbishment includes a new hob, there are a lot of choices, with the main choice being do you go gas or electric? Electric hobs are then broken into traditional electric or induction hobs. Before you make a decision on which hob is the best for you, consider your kitchen cooking needs, safety of family members and what cookware pots and pans you have and if you are looking at replacing any.

What is the difference between an electric hob and an induction hob?

Electric hobs and induction hobs work similar to each other, but the induction hob has coils beneath its surface that induce electrical current to generate heat in the pan or metal object. Induction hobs use less power and stay cold until a pan is placed on the ring and only then heat up. This makes induction hobs perfect for soaring energy prices as they use less electricity than an electric hob. Induction hobs can be up to 90% efficient, compared with around 65% for electric hobs.

Electric hob can be a solid plate or ceramic and they produce heat by passing an electric current through elements located beneath the glass surface. 

Is an electric hob better to cook on than an induction?

An electric hob may be easier initially to cook on than an induction hob as it is what people are used to regardless of whether the hob is powered by gas or electricity. An induction hob takes a bit of getting used to as the speed of heat is faster and the rhythm and pace for cooking is different. A big challenge is remembering that the minute the pot or pan is removed or lifted from the ring, the ring automatically shuts off.

Induction hobs require compatible pots and pans so this may mean initially having to replace your cookware. The cooktop is easier to clean with less chance of scratches and cracks and the hob cools down at a faster pace. So if little children hang out in the kitchen, this is a big plus.

How much will it cost to fit an electric or induction hob?

The cost of fitting an electric hob vs an induction hob are similar to each other and often just require an hour's labour, two at the most. The straight forward fitting, is either fitting the electric hob into a new build where there was not a hob before, or replacing an old broken electric hob with a new electric or induction hob. The only time hob installation will get a bit more challenging, is when replacing an old gas hob with a modern electric hob.

The electrician will need to ensure that the correct size fuse is available on the socket for the connection, whether that is a 13 amp or a 32 amp socket. The manual of the cooker will always say what is needed so the electrician should just follow the make and model of the hobs requirements. 

The electrician will also make sure that their is an isolation switch for the hob when installing it in your kitchen.

Cost to fit an electric or induction hob

Per

Average total lanbour cost

Replacing an electric hob with similar

Per hour 

£75

Replacing an electric hob with an induction hob

Per hour 

£80

Replacing a gas hob with an electric hob

Per hour 

£220

Repairing an electric hob

Per hour

£85

Repairing an induction hob

Per hour

£90

Do I need an electrician to install my induction hob?

When it comes to wiring a large appliance, like a hob, that you will be using almost every day to cook, it is safer to pay a skilled electrician to come through and replace and install your electric hob in your home. A D.I.Y. job leaves you vulnerable to poor wiring, getting an electrical shock while installing the cooker and creating a fire hazard inside your kitchen. It is not worth putting you, your family and your home at risk just to save on a small labour fee.

Can my electric hob be repaired?

Yes, there are a lot of common electric hob faults where it might be a case of wiring being replaced or a component or switch in the hob needing to be changed. If your hob stops working, before you have an electrician replace the hob, it would be wiser and a cheaper investment to try and get it fixed first by replacing a faulty part.

A few common faults include;

A faulty connection or burnt out heating element may result in only a partial ring heat up. The heating element can be removed and replaced. If the hob has no power but the plug socket is working, this might mean that an electrician needs to inspect the terminal block, looking for a burnt out or damaged wiring connection. The electrician will also check the fuse to see if it needs replacing.

If the heat on the rings is not maintaining a steady heat, perhaps not getting hotter when the setting is increased, or cooling down too soon, this could indicate a faulty thermostat that will need replacing.

Plates that no longer heat up, indicate a faulty ignition switch or energy regulator. A sign of this will be with the control knob looking damaged or burnt.

If terminals have melted, or moisture has gotten into the hob, this can damage internal components, resulting in parts or wiring needing to be replaced.


Estimates for common electrician jobs;

Job Estimate
Cost to troubleshoot and diagnose an electrical fault £95
Cost to rewire a single room or circuit £1000
Cost to rewire a house or flat £6250
Cost to replace a consumer unit £400
Cost to do a PAT test £60
Cost to install solar panels £7500
Cost to installing an electric shower £450
Cost to install downlights in a room £440
Cost to install CCTV cameras £740
Cost to install a bathroom extractor fan £220
Cost to install or fix a light switches £50
Cost to repair or install an electric hob (or an induction hob) £85
Cost to install or fix a light fitting fixture £90
Cost to fit an electric towel rail £75
Cost to fit an new plug socket £180
Cost to install an electric vehicle charger £400
Cost of an EICR test £150
Cost to install of a cooker hood £260
Repair of a cooker hood £150

Rates for other trades

Repair or install an electric / induction hob cost in the UK
Repair or install an electric / induction hob cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKRepair or install an electric / induction hob cost
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Aberdeen£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Amber Valley£58
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Angus£50
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Arun£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Ashfield£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Aylesbury Vale£76
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Barnsley£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Basildon£80
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Basingstoke & Deane£82
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Bassetlaw£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Bath & North East Somerset£68
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Bedford£80
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Belfast£44
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Birmingham£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Blackburn£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Blackpool£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Bolton£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Bournemouth£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Bracknell Forest£86
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Bradford£66
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Braintree£76
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Breckland£72
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Bridgend£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Brighton£82
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Bristol£66
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Broadland£70
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Broxtowe£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Bury£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Caerphilly£58
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Calderdale£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Cambridge£76
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Canterbury£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Cardiff£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Carmarthenshire£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Charnwood£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Chelmsford£80
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Cheltenham£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Cherwell£70
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Chester£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Colchester£70
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Conway£120
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Coventry£66
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Crewe & Nantwich£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Dacorum£86
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Derby£58
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Doncaster£58
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Dover£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Dudley£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Dumfries & Galloway£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Dundee£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near East Ayrshire£56
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near East Devon£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near East Dunbartonshire£68
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near East Hampshire£68
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near East Hertfordshire£78
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near East Lindsey£42
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near East Riding£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Eastleigh£76
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Edinburgh£70
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Elmbridge£98
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Epping Forest£92
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Erewash£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Exeter£58
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Falkirk£70
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Fife£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Flintshire£56
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Gateshead£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Gedling£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Glasgow£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Gloucester£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Guildford£82
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Gwynedd£76
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Halton£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Harrogate£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Havant & Waterloo£68
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Horsham£84
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Huntingdonshire£72
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Ipswich£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Isle of Wight£78
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Kingston-upon-Hull£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Kirklees£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Knowsley£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Lancaster£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Leeds£68
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Leicester£76
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Lisburn£44
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Liverpool£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near London£96
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Luton£86
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Macclesfield£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Maidstone£84
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Manchester£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Mid Bedfordshire£80
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Mid Sussex£80
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Middlesbrough£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Milton Keynes£74
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Neath Port Talbot£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near New Forest£72
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Newbury£80
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Newcastle-under-Lyme£54
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Newport£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near North Ayrshire£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near North East Lincolnshire£54
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near North Hertfordshire£80
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near North Lanarkshire£66
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near North Lincolnshire£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near North Somerset£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near North Tyneside£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near North Wiltshire£80
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Northampton£74
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Norwich£74
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Nottingham£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Nuneaton & Bedworth£74
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Oldham£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Oxford£74
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Pembrokeshire£50
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Perth & Kinross£68
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Peterborough£58
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Plymouth£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Poole£66
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Portsmouth£76
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Powys£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Preston£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Reading£82
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Redcar & Cleveland£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Reigate & Banstead£96
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Renfrewshire£66
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Rochdale£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Rotherham£54
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Salford£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Salisbury£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Sandwell£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Scarborough£56
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Sefton£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Sevenoaks£84
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Sheffield£54
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Slough£88
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Solihull£66
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near South Ayrshire£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near South Bedfordshire£80
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near South Cambridgeshire£74
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near South Gloucestershire£68
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near South Kesteven£74
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near South Lanarkshire£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near South Oxfordshire£80
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near South Somerset£68
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near South Tyneside£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Southampton£76
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Southend-on-Sea£78
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near St Albans£88
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near St Helens£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Stafford£58
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Stockport£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Stockton-on-Tees£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Stoke-on-Trent£56
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Stratford-on-Avon£66
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Stroud£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Suffolk Coastal£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Sunderland£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Swale£74
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Swansea£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Tameside£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Teignbridge£56
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Tendring£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Test Valley£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Thamesdown£76
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Thanet£58
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near The Wrekin£56
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Thurrock£84
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Torbay£56
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Trafford£66
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Vale of Glamorgan£66
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Vale of White Horse£72
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Vale Royal£58
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Wakefield£66
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Walsall£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Warrington£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Warwick£66
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Waveney£62
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Waverley£82
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Wealden£100
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near West Lancashire£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near West Lothian£66
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near West Wiltshire£80
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Wigan£60
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Windsor & Maidenhead£86
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Wirral£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Wokingham£84
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Wolverhampton£66
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Wrexham Maelor£54
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Wychavon£64
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near Wycombe£82
Repair or install an electric / induction hob near York£56