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6 Steps to Convert Your Gas Range to Induction

April 20th, 2023 | 3 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

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6 Steps to Convert Your Gas Range to Induction

Key Takeaway: Converting from gas to induction is better for many reasons, but is not easy to do. It requires planning and the right people.

In this article, you'll learn how to convert from a gas range or induction to induction.

You can have significant benefits, including faster cooking times with better simmer control, less venting, easier clean up, and better air quality in your home with fewer gas emissions.

However, you can't just unplug a gas range and plug in an induction.

Below are six steps and plenty of problems I want you to know about upfront.

Ultimately, I will show you a much less expensive way to remove those harmful emissions from your home.

Before you get started:

Do you have an appetite for this? It's a big project involving rewiring your kitchen. Depending on your state, you must hire an electrician, a plumber, and a good cabinet cutter. The estimated average cost is $3,000-$3,500.

OK, let's start the process.

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6 Steps to Convert Your Gas Range to Induction

Step 1 - Research

Step one is to pick your induction cooktop or range. This may sound obvious but always measure. Most ranges are 30 inches but vary between slide-in, front control, and freestanding types.

Cooktops are generally 30 and 36, whether gas or induction. However, dimensions can vary, and you will need someone to cut your countertop.

Pro Tip: Look at the cooktop cutout or the hole in your counter, which differs from the size of the cooktop by a few inches in width and height

If it's granite or marble, they will need a special stone saw and some general expertise, adding a bit of complexity.

Step 2- Check Your Electrical Box

You will need a 50-amp breaker. A 50-amp breaker will protect the circuit of the induction range. A gas range only operates on a 12-amp 120-volt circuit.

Induction requires much more. If you don't have enough power, you must call an electrician. Upgrading the power will require a permit from your town or city.

Step 3: Installing the Electrical System

Your electrician will install the new breaker and run the wiring to the new location.

That wiring will require a minimum of a 6-gauge copper wire. They will wire the breaker to a NEMA 14-50R which is a 4-pronged 50-amp socket.


Pro Tip: A line conditioner regulates the voltage so it does not trip the breaker. Voltage spikes are a repair problem, especially for induction ranges, because they use the whole 50-amp circuit. A line conditioner can range from $500-1000 (it's on Amazon for $580)

Step 4: Uninstalling the Gas Appliance

In states like Massachusetts, you need a plumber to uninstall a gas appliance.

In this case, you must also shut off the gas at that location. The good news is you don't have to pay the plumber to wait for a new gas range's delivery to be reinstalled.

They can uninstall the appliance, shut off the gas valve, and leave.

Step 5: Delivery of an Induction Range or Stovetop


Finally, an easier part, but it can still go wrong here.

For most ranges, you should be able to remove the gas range and plug in the induction range.

The delivery people can plug in a range.

However, it's a bit more complicated if you have a slide-in range. Slide-ins overlap the top, and the cabinets need to be modified.

You have slide-ins if you don't see a seam between the range and the countertop.

You will also need to cut an existing opening if you are buying a slide-in range.



For cooktops, the process is tougher. As I said in the beginning, you will need someone experienced to cut your counter to accommodate your new cooktop.

You will also need an electrician to install the cooktop because it is not plugged in like a range.


I want to mention pro rangetops briefly. They are installed on a cabinet with the counter completely cut out. In this case, you must cut a metal enclosure or rework the countertop to support an induction cooktop.

I wouldn't stress. It's not that common.

Step 6: New Pots and Pans


One last thing: Your glassware, Teflon, and ceramic pans will not work on induction

If you are worried about compatibility with your metal pans, see if a magnet will stick to your pots and pans.

Some great materials include stainless steel like All-Clad, carbon steel, which you'll find in most works, or induction-compatible non-stick.

We offer a high-quality yet lower-priced alternative at Yale for much less than All Clad. And yes, cast iron works great too!

Buying a Better Range Hood


If you can live with gas but are worried about more toxic fumes, replacing your hood is less expensive yet effective.

Most vents don't work properly because they lack exhaust, capture-area depth, or aren't vented properly.

A good vent will cost you $800-$1,500, far less than $2,500-$5,000 for an induction cooktop or range. You use the same power and don't need a plumber.

You may have some issues if the existing installation has issues or if you have a downdraft.

But you will spend an estimated $3,000-$5,000 less replacing the hood than an induction cooktop or stove, including installation in a simpler process.

To learn more about the vents, you should not buy, click this video, and thanks for watching:

Additional Resources

Ventilation is the key consideration when planning your kitchen. Get it right with the Yale Ventilation Buying Guide. You will learn the key elements to venting, make-up air laws, why it's important, and popular vents you shouldn't buy. Over 1.2 million people have read a Yale Guide.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

Steve is passionate about helping consumers find the best appliances for their needs, and he is always happy to answer questions and provide advice. He is a valuable resource for consumers who are looking for information on appliance buying, repair, and maintenance.

Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

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