Using an induction cooktop is a wise choice to make these days.You cannot find more precision in temperature and lower risk facility in any other cooktop than an induction.
Now, coming back to induction cooktop complaints from users. We will cover some common questions that disturb them about induction cooktops.
The problems users frequently point to are noise, vibration, LED lights, etc.
Here are some of the problems and their solutions:
1. I have turned on the switch, but why isn’t my induction starting?
Please check if the controls are locked. If so, unlock the controls to get going.If it doesn’t start then, it may be for the power outage or may even for a circuit overload. In that case, contact a professional electrician.
2. Why is my induction shutting off while cooking?
It may happen because of the following reasons:
a) You have the automatic feature turned on.
The automatic shut off takes place when you’re cooking exceeds the maximum cooking time limit.
Please see the user manual for detailed information on this.
b) The pan is not correctly placed on the cooking surface.
If there is no pan on the surface or the pan is misplaced, the sensor cannot identify the cooking vessel and shuts the cooker.
Check and place the cooking vessel rightly to avoid this problem.
c) High internal temperature.
Sometimes, your induction cooktop may shut off before the time limit.
It may happen if the heat sensor detects too much heat inside the cooktop.
In this situation check and make sure that the vent holes are not covered or blocked.
3. Why is my food not cooked or heated properly?
Check if your heat setting is perfect for cooking. If it is too low, adjust it to meet the requirement.If it is not the problem, then check if the vessel is placed suitably on the cooking zone to ensure the heat passing.
And please do ensure that your cooking vessel has a ferromagnetic bottom.Another thing to remember is that the bottom of your cooking vessel covers the whole area of the cooking zone.
If you are using a cookware that has a low bottom circumference than the cooking zone, the vessel will not get all the heat your cooktop is generating.
4. Why is my food burned?
Read and follow the required temperature setting guideline for cooking carefully. but still, your food gets burned. Why is that?
Probably because you are using a lightweight cookware that heats up sooner than expected and burns the food in that process.
To avoid such problems, choose best cookware that is lightweight and suit with the induction cooktop.
5. What’s with the noise and vibration?
If there is a soft ‘hum’ that you are hearing in an induction cooktop, it’s from the cooling fan inside.You can’t help but listen because you don’t want it removed. If you do so, your induction will stop working after merely 6 months of buying.
But if the noise is too much than a soft buzzing, it may occur for something else that is entirely not related to your cooktop.
The same goes for the vibration. An unevenly bottomed vessel, or a lightweight lid or even a loosely fit handle of your cookware can induce the vibration.
6. Some LED lights are flashing the hell out of my eyes. Should I be worried?
No. Don’t worry. The lights are flashing because you have forgotten to turn off your induction cooker after you are done with your cooking. It’s a safety option.
Using an induction has its advantages. And so far, the disadvantages that are stated by people are found worthless. So don’t hesitate to buy yourself one.
7. Why my induction cooker cannot detect the pan?
The size of your pan is essential to its functioning on an induction cooker. Make sure the diameter of the cookware always matches that of the induction cooktop. When the diameters don’t match, some portions of the pan are left out and results in improper heating. Likewise, when the base is too small, the induction cooker remains unactivated. Lastly, ensure you use an induction-compatible cookware.
8. Why is my induction stove not working?
Your induction stove may not work for various reasons.
- It can be due to a disconnection between the cooker and the power supply. Check the power source for a triggered circuit breaker or a fuse that has blown.
- Induction cookers come with ‘lock modes’ to prevent accidents and save energy. When in lock mode, it will not work so check to make sure that isn’t the case.
- The display may show error codes and if that is the case always refer to the USER MANUAL.
9. How to check if my induction stove sensor is working?
You can check whether the induction cooker’s heat sensor is working or not using a multimeter.
10. How to reset the induction cooker?
When all else fails, you can reset your induction cooker and start afresh. In order to do so, take the circuit breaker and trip the switch to shut power down, and give it 10-20 seconds. Restarting it will achieve a complete reset of the equipment.
11. Is my induction burner saving energy?
Induction burners do save energy for their electromagnetic efficiency. Firstly, no heat energy is lost when the cookware is removed from the surface as no heat settles from below. Secondly, they use 90% of the electricity converted to heat energy (gas stoves lose only use 60%) and no heat is lost to the environment.
12. Is induction-cooked food healthy to eat?
Absolutely! In fact, it is healthier cooked on induction cookers than gas or electric. Although it produces heat energy from electromagnetism, the radiation is minimal. Unlike gas stoves that emit external heat to the air, induction cookers do not and hence, you get no CO or CO2 in the environment.
Electric appliances in the kitchen have certainly made our lives easy, it’s just that sometimes we could be using them in the wrong way. You can always find a solution for any issue online, the internet is full of information about appliances by people like TodaysCave.com.