Induction hobs are now a modern appliance you would readily see in any modern kitchen. They are an impressive substitute for gas cookers and other conventional cookers. This is because of the way they can produce instant heat to achieve the desired temperature for a particular dish and also save time. However, as impressive as they are, they may crack and become quite uninteresting to use. If this happens, what can you do?
Why Induction Hobs Crack?
A cracked induction hob is always as a result of poor maintenance etiquette and misinformation. Perhaps the commonest of this misinformation is selecting the wrong pot for your induction hobs. The wrong pot can severely damage your induction hob. Hence, you need to be highly selective on things you place on your hob.
Induction hob comes with ceramic plate tops, and no matter how tempered the glass top may be damage would occur if not well managed. Hence, always avoid using pots with a very rough bottom on your induction hob. The rough bottom dents the surface of the ceramic plate top, setting room for a crack.
Aside from cooking pans or pots with rough bottoms, there are certain types of pots that are not just ideal for the ceramic plate top of an induction hob. Cookware made from cast iron, porcelain, stones or ceramic shouldn’t be used with an induction hob. The mentioned types of cookware are naturally heavy and may even get heavier when content gets into them. Too much pressure can crack your induction hob wide open. Furthermore, regardless of your type of cookware do not drop your cookware on your induction hob. Always have it in mind that it is ceramic, regardless of the reassurance from the manufacturers, and they can break if not handled with appropriate care.
Also, do not leave extremely hot cookware on the induction hob while it is still red hot and working. This will spark a double-heat reaction that may crack open the surface of the hob. Besides that, avoid placing things directly from the oven on an unheated induction hob. When your hob is on but not so heated, and you bring a pan straight from the oven on it, this may result in a thermal shock. When an internal thermal shock happens, this may crack the ceramic plate top open, and even damage the induction hob.
What to Do to a Cracked Glass Top?
One of the disadvantages of using an induction hob is the sudden crack that comes with it. However, you can avoid this if you give your cooktop the absolute care it needs. Your induction hob can last for a long time if well managed, but it becomes unsafe to use or cook a cracked induction hob. Cracked glass is more dangerous than you think. This is because it exposes the wires to water and air.
This may result in electrocution if proper care is not taken. Seal off a cracked glass top, and ensure that the switch is turned off. Sadly, there is hardly any repair to carry out on a cracked cooktop of an induction hob. Since the top is ceramic, the near-repair routine you may carry out on it is to replace the cracked cooktop. It is important to mention that a crack is a crack. If you notice any opening on your cooktop, then it is time for a replacement. Do not disregard that chip or slight crack because they are not so cracked open. All forms of crack are dangerous and could lead to electrocution.
Interestingly, it is quite affordable to replace a cracked cooktop than you imagined. With most brands, the replacement costs almost a third of the worth of your induction hob. Hence, you will be saving quite a lot in replacing the ceramic cooktop than buying a brand new induction hob.
Induction hobs are that very classy and modern appliance that will give your kitchen space a techy feel. They are faster and easy to use, and they are very affordable and require no expensive maintenance.
However, if not well-maintained, they might crack open and leave room for anger.
The solution to a crack isn’t so farfetched. Always take all forms of crack as an avenue to replace the ceramic cooktop of your induction hob.