Do It Yourself: Cooktop Installation

Cooktops must be installed carefully and correctly, with all the instructions in the manuals furnished by the manufacturer followed exactly.

Cooktops must be installed carefully and correctly, with all the instructions in the manuals furnished by the manufacturer followed exactly. If these instructions are not followed exactly, the result may be property damage, personal injury or even death.

Several precautions are necessary to keep everyone safe. One of these precautions is never store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors and liquids in the area of any appliance, including the cooktop. Another precaution to follow is if gas is smelled, do not light any appliance, do not touch any electrical switch, and do not use the phone. Once gas is smelled, go to a neighbor's house and call the gas company, then follow the instructions that are given from the gas company. If for some reason, the gas company cannot be reached, call the fire department. And, the last precaution is if there are any uncertainties about installing the cooktop, contact a qualified installer.

Cooktops must be installed with a suitable overhead vent hood and ductwork that meet local building codes. Also, to avoid burns or possibly a fire caused by reaching over a hot cooktop, avoid placing any cabinets above the cooktop. Always check local building codes for the proper method of installing a cooktop. Even though local building codes may vary, the installation, electrical connections and grounding must comply with all codes. If there are no local codes, the installation must meet the Nation Fuel Gas Code or the National Electrical Code.

If installing a gas cooktop, make sure the cooktop is set up for the type of gas supplied to the cooktop. Cooktops are shipped from the factory already set up for natural gas or propane, depending on the model ordered. If the cooktop is not compatible with the type of gas supplied, return the unit to the place of purchase.

Planning the installation of a cooktop also includes the installation of a vent hood and a backguard system. To begin the installation process, located the cooktop and measure the distance from the counter surface to the top of the trim on the cooktop, and then add 1/8" for the backguard clearance. Now locate the area where the cooktop will be installed and transfer the measurement to the location. This measurement is the bottom of the backguard. The minimum height where the bottom of the vent hood can be installed is measured from the backguard bottom up the wall 30 1/16", which is a 30" backguard. After marking the measurements, install the vent hood, then install the backguard as per the instructions furnished with it.

When installing the cooktop in an area with a solid cabinet on either or both sides of the cooktop, a notch in the front corner of the cabinet will need to be cut out to match the notch in the countertop. This will provide clearance for the cooktop front during installation.

To avoid any injury or damage when handling the cooktop, remove the packing material as well as the grates and drip pan located below the knobs. Removing these items will reduce the weight of the unit from about 228 pounds to about 150 pounds. However, do not remove the grill or the griddle assemblies. Also, removing the cooktop knobs may be necessary to carry the cooktop through a doorway.

Unpack the cooktop unit by removing the outer carton as well as the packing material from the shipping base. Remove the four straps that hold the cooktop to the skid. Now lift the cooktop out. Now move the cooktop to the desired location and connect the electric and gas connections, then install the backguard. The cooktop is now ready for its final positioning. Fasten the grill and griddle section in place with screws. There are two leveling screws located under the rear flue cover of the griddle that are used to adjust it to the slope desired. There is also a center screw that is used for shipping, remove this screw. Now the cooktop is ready to use.

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