How to remove built in hobs & clear the resulting waste
Our guide covers how to remove a built in hob if it uses a mains plug. We’ll only be discussing electric hobs that use mains as everything else will require a professional. From hob replacements to full-scale kitchen demolitions, we’ll also can help clear the resulting waste.
Although gas hobs have their pros, such as the fact their cheaper to run, there are still plenty of reasons why you’d want electric. Many electric hobs will have additional safety features, some won’t heat up without a pan on the hob, some have child locks and some will turn off if left on for too long. electric hobs are typically a lot easier to clean too due to their flat design. An article by houzz showcases the difference between the different types of hobs in details.
In our how to disconnect an oven guide, we previously mentioned, ovens with hobs attached tend to require a lot of power and might be hardwired. Again, in these cases seek the help of an electrician. If you use a gas oven we'd also recommend seeking out a professional.
Many modern kitchens will have separate ceramic/glass hobs that can often be plugged into the mains which makes the installation and removal a lot easier. This may not be the case with every stand-alone hob so check and make sure how your hob receives power before attempting to remove it.
How to Remove Built in Hobs - What you may need:
Step 1 - Unplug Hobs
Locate the outlet where the hob is plugged into, turn it off and unplug it. It shouldn’t be too far away from the hob as the cord doesn’t tend to stretch further than 2 meters. You may have to do a bit of digging to find the outlet. Be sure to look in cupboards around the hobs to see if it is in there.
Step 2 - Remove Sealent and Lift
Once unplugged, you will probably find that your hobs will be sealed onto the countertop with caulk or clear silicon. You can break this seal by running a utility knife across the sealant. You may have to slide a scrapper underneath to prise the hob up a little further.
With the hob free you can lift it up and move it elsewhere and out of the way. We’d recommend using gloves, just to protect your hands from any sharp edges that may be exposed by removing the hob. You can then put your hob aside, ready to be taken away.
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