Blocking an induction cooker is by far one of the most annoying problems that can happen to us. When we buy this particular type of plate, in fact, we expect it to work in the best way or, at least, better than the gas stove with which we replaced it.

Unfortunately, however, we are still talking about a household appliance that, as such, can present various problems related to any malfunction, regardless of how technological and state-of-the-art it is.

One of the main causes of considerable frustration on the part of those who are using it is certainly the one related to his failure to ignite. Let’s look at the causes of this annoying problem together.

– What to do when the induction hob does not light

One of the main reasons why our induction hob does not work can be determined by the fact that, quite simply, does not light up. In order to understand the reason for this malfunction, it is first necessary to remember what the operation of the induction plate is based on.

Unlike the gas one, in fact, it does not need to be turned on manually by turning the relative knob to activate the flame. The beauty of the induction plan, in fact, consists precisely in the fact of possessing a system of automatic pan detection, able to activate itself in the instant in which it is placed over it.

What we need to ascertain, therefore, is whether the malfunction in question is located in the context of this automatic feature or, in general, in a electrical problem. For now, let’s focus on the first possibility.

Automatic control malfunction

This type of malfunction occurs when we are ready to cook or, more simply, to test our brand new induction plan. Proceeding as from the manual, therefore, place the pot on the plate that we decided to use, but this, contrary to what it should do, does not activate and remains off.

How is it possible?

In this specific case, there are two possible causes:

  1. The pot we are using is not approved for the induction hob

As we all know (or, at least, they should know) all those who have a kitchen plan of this type need to use it get some specific pans. It is therefore not possible to use the same pans that were previously used with the gas stove.

This is because the automatic control of the plate is triggered only and exclusively when recognizes the pot placed over it, which must therefore be made with a certain type of material.

The pans that can work in contact with this type of plate are in fact those made in iron or steel or, at least, that present the background composed of these materials.

The rest of the pans, instead, that is to say those made of aluminum, stone, ceramic and copper is not compatible with this type of stove, whose plates, when in contact with these materials, will never light up.

For this reason, when the stove does not light up in contact with the pan we put on it, it is good to make sure that it is actually made of iron or steel.

An easy and safe way to find out is toplace a magnet near the bottom of the pan: if it is not attracted to it, then it means that we are actually using the wrong pot and the mystery is soon solved.

2. The command lock has been inadvertently activated

The command lock is one of the most important features of our induction plan. It has in fact been designed for the purpose of avoid potential accidents related to the improper use of this stove, especially if there are children in the house.

By inserting this block, therefore, which can be activated even when the hob is not in operation, it prevents it from being switched on accidentally and unintentionally. If our plate does not work, then, checking that the block was not triggered by mistake could prove to be a good idea.

This feature can also be exploited even if we want to avoid unintentionally change power levels that we selected when cooking food.

If, therefore, the problem should be precisely that for which we can no longer change the power level of our plates, let’s make sure that this block is not inserted.

These, therefore, represent the main causes of malfunctions linked to an incorrect use, on our part, of the induction plan.

But what happens if you perform these operations perfectly, it still not turning on?

In this case the problem could be electrical and, as such, a little more complex.
So let’s see what could be attributed to it.

– Blocking of the induction hob: what to do if the problem is electrical

As we have seen, the problems related to the failure of our induction plan are often caused by our wrong way of using it and, in this case, are easy to resolve.

If, on the other hand, the problem relating to the malfunction of our plate persists, then it could be attributed to an incorrect electrical connection of the induction hob.

In this case, the only thing we can do is to call a good technicor to solve it. It is never a good idea, in fact, to choose to save money by preferring to solve the problem on your own, perhaps messing with electric wires and thus risking ending up electrocuted.

In the event that the problem is of an electrical nature, therefore, it is good to turn to specialized persons, who can help us, thanks to their competence, to restart our induction cooker without making us run unnecessary risks.

Another reason why our induction hob does not work or works badly, possibly causing sudden drops in current, could be attributable to the fact that we claim to use it with the normal 3 kW counter.

This, in fact, is unfortunately not possible, since the power given off by this type of stove, even those of high class that have low energy consumption, still remains too high to be able to work with the current we have available.

One of the fundamental things to do, when we decide to switch to this new way of cooking, is in fact that of request an increase in the power of our meter.

This, on the one hand, will inevitably lead us to an annual increase in consumption; on the other hand, however, it will allow us to use our induction hob in all its power and in complete safety, without incurring annoying malfunctions.

Also in this case, therefore, it is quite clear that the last thing we have to do is get our hands inside our current meter to try to solve the problem on our own. We should, on the contrary, turn to a good technician to take care of him personally to settle the matter.

– Conclusion

We have seen how even an induction hob, despite being modern and technologically advanced, can present malfunctions neither more nor less like any other appliance.

In its specific case, they are mainly due to two different reasons: a wrong use on our part or a electrical problem.

If in the first case it is sufficient to read the instructions carefully and, above all, to know precisely the characteristics of the product that we have purchased and what it needs to be used at its best, in the second it is essential to rely on the help of a specialized technician, since putting ourselves to tinker with the current, as inexperienced as we are, is never a good idea.

The advice, therefore, to incur in annoying malfunctions, is always to inquire very carefully about what we’re going to buy. In doing so, we will avoid making gross mistakes when it is being used, thus saving us a lot of annoying headaches.

And if, despite all our foresight, our induction plan should persist in its malfunctioning, then we would only have to resign ourselves and turn to a good technician, always keeping in mind that the perfect appliance does not exist.

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Amber Baker
Always passionate about creative writing. I worked for large-scale distribution for ten years as a sales rep for departments: small appliances, large appliances, and built-in appliances. Here on Spotless Homes, I express my passion for writing by making use of my experience with domestic appliances and technology.