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An electric hob uses electricity to produce heat which you use to cook food. Suppose you come home from work one evening, hungry and weary from the day’s work. You decide to cook your favourite dish, and as soon as you switch on the hob, you encounter the most common problem: the hob trips the circuit it is connected to. Of course, there are other common problems which occur in electric hobs. Here are the most common of them all and how you can tackle them.

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  • Circuit Keeps Tripping
There are two reasons which cause your electric hob to trip the circuit:
    • Overloaded circuitry: There might be several appliances connected to the same circuit which is causing an overload in the current. Remove all the other appliances, reset the breaker, and then switch on the hob. It should not trip. But if it still does, there might be a problem with the circuit breaker or damage in the wire insulation. Replace the breaker or the wiring if need be.
    • Damaged power plug: It might be that the power plug of the hob is at fault; open the plug, check for loose connections and/or soot. Tighten the connection and clean it thoroughly

  • The Cooking Plate Does Not Heat Up

Another very common problem encountered while using an electric hob is that the cooking plate doesn’t heat up. This can due to a faulty heating element. The element might have shorted out, burned, or broken. You will need to disassemble and inspect the element for any visible signs of burns, distortions, or breaks. In all cases, you will need to replace it.

In a few circumstances, the cooking plates are ineffective because you might be utilizing pots and pans with uneven bases; instead, replace your old dented kitchenware with a new one

  • ‘E’ Symbol Keeps Flashing

The E symbol is an indicator that a switch is being continuously pressed, even though you aren’t. This can occur due to dirt that has accumulated in the hob, resulting in a short circuit, or due to a faulty touchpad. You can clean the hob with a dry cloth. Additionally, if you have to use a damp cloth, use a hairdryer to dry the dampness before switching the hob back on.

Furthermore, you can remove the power and turn the hob back on. Some hobs also have the ability to be rebooted. If the problem still persists, the touchpad will need to be replaced.

  • The Temperature Remains Constant

If the temperature of the electric hob remains the same, in spite of changing the heat setting, then there might be a problem with the thermostat. The thermostat will need to be checked for continuity with a multimeter. If the test fails, clean the contacts of the thermostat and try again. If it fails again, replace it.

Electric hob repair requires a few electrical and electronic skills. If this is not your cup of tea, hire a qualified service engineer instead.

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