How to Install a Kitchen Aid Electric Cooktop

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Before installing a Kitchen Aid electric cooktop, verify that you have the correct electrical circuit running to your kitchen. Most Kitchen Aid cooktop models require a 240-watt, 40-amp circuit with 8-gauge copper cable connected to a junction box located under the cooktop. Additionally, cable with four wires, rather than three, will ensure your cooktop installation complies with--or exceeds--your local electrical code. If you are installing a cooktop from the KECC051 series, you will need a 20-amp circuit with 12-gauge copper wire. If you have any doubts about your home wiring, consult a licensed electrician before installing the cooktop.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Conduit connector
  • Pliers
  • Wire nuts
  • Make sure you have a 30-inch clearance between the top of the counter and the bottom of your overhead cabinet. If the bottom of the cabinet is protected by flame-retardant material, a 24-inch clearance is sufficient. If you don't have enough clearance, install a range hood above the cooktop to prevent burn or fire hazards.

  • Use a pencil and tape measure to outline the rectangular area to be cut from your counter top. Make the outline 20 1/2 inches deep and the width 1/2 inch less than the width of your Kitchen Aid cooktop. Make the front edge of the outline at least 2 inches back from the front edge of the counter top. If there is a drawer or other obstruction in your base cabinet, make sure it is at least 3 inches below the counter top.

  • Cut the opening in the counter. With a helper, insert the cooktop into the counter. Adjust the cooktop until the front edge is parallel to the front edge of the counter. If you are not installing the cooktop over an oven, go under the counter to insert the included clamp tabs into the slots on the sides of the cooktop burner box. Hand-tighten the screws on the tabs until they touch the bottom of the counter, then use a screwdriver to tighten each screw one additional turn. If you are installing an oven in the cabinet beneath the cooktop, do not install the clamp tabs. This will allow you to easily remove the cooktop, if necessary.

  • Turn off the power to the oven's electrical circuit before you connect the wires. Connect the cable conduit from the cooktop to the electrical junction box using a conduit connector. Use your pliers to splice the black wires together and the red wires together. Separate the bare and white wires from the cooktop, then splice the white wires together. The remaining wire in the junction box will either be bare or green; splice that wire to the bare wire from the cooktop. Cover all splices with protective wire nuts and replace the cover on the junction box.

  • Finally, turn on the power and check that the cooktop works properly. Turn on all the elements to "Hi" to verify that they heat and that the indicator lights work.

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