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Wiring electric cooker
There are a lot of different types of cookers
that can be used in modern day to day kitchens.
There are combination cookers with gas and
electric or just plain gas or electric cookers.
But even gas cookers still require electricity
to work as some of them have electric fans
and gas igniters in them. For a standard
electric oven (3Kw) it can be wired onto
a 3 pin plug and be plugged into a socket.
Gas hobs can be wired in the exact same
way although they won’t use nearly
as much electricity as an electric oven
Most free standing electrical cookers
and hobs almost defiantly need their own
Shown below are items that would need their
A radial cooker circuit starts at the fuse
board (consumer unit/distribution board/MCB).
The wire should be thick enough to carry
the required amount of electricity to the
appliance and the wires
should only be ran in the permitted zones.
(if your uncertain on the wire thickness
then you should seek professional advice
from a qualified electrician). The cooker
wire will then go to a double pole isolating
switch that contains a neon indicator (This
is known as a CCU for short and cooker control
unit for long). This switch cannot be placed
straight over the appliance but needs to
be within 2 metres of the appliance. Usually
the appliance will be wired directly into
the CCU (cooker control unit). But in some
cases you may see the appliances wired into
a CCU that is below the kitchen worktop.
(this in turn will make changing an appliance
a lot easier).
Shown above is a normal arrangement for
a free standing electrical cooker. As you
can see the wiring comes from the fuse board
(consumer unit/distribution board/MCB) to
the CCU then to the connector unit and then
last but not least into the appliance.
Sometimes a cooker circuit
will supply 2 or more appliances like above.
The single switch can be used to control
both the electric hob and the cooker as
long as they are within 2 metres of the
If you decide to install a cooker circuit
from new then you should choose a CCU. A
CCU can be available with or without the
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