Common Problems with Hobs

Hobs come in all shapes and sizes these days. Whether a person prefers electric, gas, ceramic, or induction, there is a wide variety of types of hob on the market.

Here we will explore the different types and their benefits or drawbacks and problems.

Electric Hob

Electric hobs are the most common stovetop in most homes. They often come with a full oven unit too, which is fitted beneath it, with the hob often embedded in the counter, leaving working spaces on both sides, or more, of the hob. They are versatile and a quick heat source, and very easy to use. Some of the negatives are that if there should be a power failure or a short circuit in the wiring, the hob would obviously not work. There may also be a faulty power supply or the energy regulator or even a switch may not work. If this is the case, you may need a hob repair service from iFix Appliances.

Gas Hob

These hobs are very popular for various reasons, such as instant heat for whatever you are about to cook on the hob, or you can switch off the heat instantly too if needed. You can even adjust the heat down to the tiniest amount if you want to, pots and pans heat up instantly and more importantly, gas is much cheaper to use than what electricity is. However, disadvantages include the danger of setting things on fire as it is an open flame and cleanings its parts is really difficult.

A gas hob can also present with several problems that may need fixing, such as an erratic flame coming through the burners, leaking gas, the induction hob not working well and even gas leaks or the ignition for one of the plates not working.

Ceramic Hob

These hobs are generally easy to clean and have a nice, modern look. Touch controls make them seem futuristic, they blend nicely with worktops and often come with a timer that can stop the cooking after the time is set.

The problem with ceramic hobs is that they get scratched quickly by pots and pans sliding across them. If a heavy spoon or pot is dropped on it, the hob can break or crack. If this happens, you will certainly require ceramic hob repair services. Ceramic hobs are more expensive to install than gas or electric hobs and repairing them can be costly. People who use ceramic hobs often complain that they only work with the correct size pot or pan. Other problems that can occur with a ceramic hob are that it may not distribute heat evenly and meals could be burnt on one side and undercooked on the other.

Induction Hob

Being energy efficient, induction hobs are popular for various reasons, including the fact that they don’t have edges and parts and the flat surface is easy to clean, they heat up quickly and a real added bonus is that induction stovetops are usually safe to touch, they come with functions such as flexible cooking zones, speed boiling, and child safety locks.

Thus said, problems that may occur with an induction hob include electric problems preventing it from starting up, it shuts off during cooking or the hob is flashing after cooking is finished, or the boost function reduces the power of the other rings when it is on.

Induction hobs are also more expensive than ceramic, gas, or regular electric hobs and most often only work with pots that have a magnetic base. The big deal breaker with all-electric powered kitchen equipment…it cannot work if the power goes out.

iFix Appliances, domestic appliance repairs, and sales are at hand to help with any type of hob (stovetop) problems that may be encountered.