An induction cooktop provides the home’s chef with the chance to enjoy several benefits. Most cooks love the cooktop’s precise temperature controls. The person that takes care of the bills will appreciate the efficient way that this cooking appliance makes use of electric energy. Moreover, who can complain about the easy cleanup?
Still, like any product, there are some drawbacks to switching from a traditional range to an induction cooktop. A listing of such drawbacks helps to explain the seeming reluctance on the part of appliance makers to utilize a technology that has been around for some time.
An induction cooktop has magnetic coils at the spots where a cook would expect to find a burner. The coil vibrates the iron atoms in the cookware. That vibration creates friction, and the friction produces heat energy. Such a system has long been used in laboratories, where a certain solution must be warmed, while it is mixing.
An induction cooktop only works with certain kinds of cookware
It will not work with copper cookware. It cannot be used with aluminum pots and pans. The magnetic coil will be unable to vibrate any iron atoms, if the chef tries using ceramic or glass cooking containers. A cabinet in a kitchen with an induction cooktop should contain only iron or stainless steel pots and pans.
A big expense
Initially, a homeowner cannot save money by changing from a traditional range to an induction cooktop. Still, over time, the home’s energy bill should be a bit lower.
A problem that arises at high settings
When the magnetic coil turns at a high rate of speed, more than iron molecules may start to vibrate. Vibrations in the lid or the handle could make a loud noise. That could prove annoying. You might need to call in the appliance repair service in Whitby to do the needful.
Entire system depends on electricity
This may not be a problem in a household that has long been dependent on an oven and range, both of which relied on the heat from electric coils. On the other hand, a household that has always used a gas range and oven may take a different view of the situation. The burners on a gas range can be lighted, even when there is no electric current.
The original gas ranges did not have any ignitors. The cook used a match to light each burner. That same system still works, if the electric power no longer reaches the ignitors. Any of the above problems pales considerably, if one considers the safety feature that is built into any induction cooktop. There is no open flame, which could work to ignite a combustible substance. In addition, there is no exposed hot coil, on which someone could get burned.