Know how to install a cooker control unit, is a good skill to have. I know a lot of people who prefers to install a cooker control unit themselves. It is a simple task. I am going to show you how to do it step by step.
I am assuming that all the wiring is done the only thing remaining is to install a cooker control unit.
Steps to follow when installing a cooker control unit.
- Buy a correct cooker control.There are basically two types of cooker control unit,these are the 3 by 6 cooker control unit and 6 by 6 cooker control unit.What determine the type of cooker control unit you buy?At the time of switch boxes and socket outlet boxes installation,if you used a 3 by 6 box,then you should by a 3 by 6 cooker control unit.If you used a 6 by 6 box, you by a 6 by 6 cooker control unit.
- Ensure that you have 6 cable at the mount box.
- Check the marking on the back of the cooker control unit.These are the terminals where you connect the cables.
- Read and understand the circuit diagrams that comes with the cooker control unit.
- Install the cooker control unit.
Cooker control unit connection.
I mentioned earlier that you must have 6 cables coming out of the cooker box mounting point. You must know that connecting a cooker control unit similar to connecting a geyser isolation switch.
The 6 cables, comprised of 3 cables from the distribution board and 3 cables going to the cooker. When you look at the terminals at the back of a cooker control unit, you see a terminal marked either mains or line and the other terminals marked load.
Both sets of terminals have connection slots marked L and N . You connect the cable that is carrying power from the distribution board to the connection terminal on the side of the main marked L . Then you connect the neutral wire coming from the distribution board to the connection terminal on the side of the main marked N.You connect the earth wire coming from the distribution board to the terminal labelled E or with the earth symbol.
Now that you have connected cables that are supplying power to the cooker control unit, it’s time to connect cables that supply power to the cooker. The other set of terminal marked load, that where you connect cables taking power to the cooker.
You connect the live wire taking power to the cooker on the terminal marked L, then you connect the neutral wire going to the cooker on the terminal marked N.You connect the earth wire on the terminal with the earth symbol.
Now that you have connected all the 6 cables, you install the cooker control unit on the mounting box. You do this using a screwdriver. Before you screw the cooker control unit, you push the cables nicely into the mounting box. This practice ensures that when you are screwing the cooker control unit, you do not injure the cables. A cable that is injured can cause a short circuit.
What kind of cable does a cooker use?
A standard cooker, with four plates and an oven, is normally supplied using a 6mm2 cable. A cooker draws a lot of current from the supply. There are other cookers that will work well when you supply power using 4mm2 cables. Allow me to mention that because a cooker draws a lot of currents, it is usually given its own circuit.
A 32A circuit breaker can do for most cookers, though some cookers require that you install a 45A circuit breaker. This is why you can not plug a cooker into a socket outlet.
Cooker control unit wiring diagram.
Conclution on cooker control unit.
A cooker control unit is easy to instal when you follow all the steps. If you can not manage to install the cooker control unit yourself. Call a Technician to help you install.
Have you ever installed a cooker control unit before? What was your experience? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.