How to Replace a Cooktop


If you have recently found that your kitchen is in need of a makeover, you might be looking at purchasing new appliances. If you have thought about replacing the cooktop in your kitchen, here are some helpful hints to know before going to the store.

  • Measure the opening that your cooktop sits in on your kitchen counters. Do this underneath the cooktop so you can see what space you have to work with. Keep in mind that sizes change throughout the years, so some modifications might be necessary.

  • Bring the measurements when you go shopping and give them to the salesperson. If you cannot find a cooktop with your exact measurements, ask about options for modification.

  • Disconnect the gas or electrical source before removing the old cooktop. You might have to locate the kitchen's electric supply and turn it off until the new cooktop is in.

  • Remove old caulk or anything else that is holding the old cooktop in place and begin lifting the cooktop out from the counter. This requires more than one person.

  • Make modifications to the opening, if needed. For instance, if your new cooktop is larger, you might have to make the opening larger.

  • Clean the opening and put the new cooktop in.

  • Reconnect the gas or electricity and test your new cooktop. After you are sure it is working, reapply caulk if desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • Replace the cooktop before replacing any counters, so you have the correct measurements.
  • If you are planning on replacing counters at the same time, make sure the measurements for the new cooktop are given.
  • Consider hiring a professional to do major modifications.
  • Some older model cooktops have options like downdrafts, while many of the newer models do not. If you do not have a vent above your cooktop, you need a model that offers that.

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