The first time you get a new induction cooktop, are you a little apprehensive about whether it is sturdy enough to operate like your stovetop or your last electric cooktop? Does it seem too delicate for your usual way of cooking? Do you worry about messing up with its operation? Well, yes, Induction cooktops are one of the most sophisticated devices, and we need a certain level of acquaintance with it to be able to understand its functionality fully. But it did not take me long to realize that it takes an experimenting experience to know your Induction cooktop. It may not be as simple as operating gas cooktop.
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Solutions for General Problems
You will probably be a very cautious right from the time you try to set up your induction. But there is no need to panic and call for services right away if it doesn’t come alive like you were instructed. Top rated induction cooktops are easy to operate with minimum issues.
Anyway, here are some ways to deal with possible situations:
- If the induction cooktop does not operate or the controls remain locked, you need to regulate the settings to unlock it.
- If the unit does not come ON even after you set it up, check the power outage first. The problem could be in your house fuse or it could be a circuit overload.
Cooktop Shuts Off While Cooking
- If the cooktop shuts off while cooking, it is probably the automatic feature that has turned it off. That happens when your cooking exceeds the maximum cooking time limit. Do refer to the manual for detailed information.
- Most induction cooktops like True induction cooktop also have sensors that automatically shut off when it does not detect any cookware on the burner. What you have to note is that, if your cookware is displaced and not centered properly in the cooking zone, the unit will shut off as the sensor will not detect it.
- Sometimes induction cooktop could shut-off even before the time limit, because of high internal temperature detected by its heat sensors. In this situation, you should make sure that its vent holes are not covered or blocked.
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The Food does not Get Cooked or Heated Properly
- If your food does not heat up well enough, you can check the control setting; the heat setting on your induction cooktop could probably be too low. Turn it to the correct temperature setting required.
- The cooking zone is also to be considered. Make sure that you have the correct control ON and that the cookware is placed at the centre of the burner.
- No cookware will get heated on an induction unless it has an adequate bottom size and it is ferromagnetic in material. Only ferromagnetic cookwares are suitable for induction cooking. Even a ferromagnetic cookware that has non-metallic coating will not be suitable.
- If you use a medium, makes sure that you put the cookware well in place and that the medium is of the right size according to the cooking zone.
Overheating or Uneven Heating
- If your food is not cooking properly or evenly, you should check on your cookware. It must be an evenly balanced, flat bottomed cookware. Your cookware needs to sit flat on the burner to ensure even heating.
- Lightweight cookwares usually don’t heat up evenly and your food may burn more easily. Though heavyweight cookwares are preferred, if it is too heavy, food gets overcooked more often.
- If you are unable to get your dish cooked in the perfection that the recipe presents, adjust the temperature setting to attain the sort of precision needed. If you find the correct setting, no other cooktop can beat the temperature precision and efficiency of induction cooktops. Take the example of one of the best induction cooktop with excellent electronic touch control system like Bosch NIT 3065UC or the GE PHP900 DMBB induction range.
The LED flashlight may alert us to quite an alarming degree oftentimes. Especially if your LED light flashes continuously, we naturally doubt if there is something wrong with the unit. But experience says that there is no need to panic at all because it is supposed to be a safety mechanism.
- Next time you find it flashing, just check if you have turned off the cooktop after you lift the cookware from the burner. Or, it could alert you if your cookware is not properly centered in the cooking zone.
Well, final words for you. You have a great device in your hands and you have every reason to feel fabulously safe with induction cooking. Induction cooktops are the one device gaining credence internationally. Do experiment and make it count.