There are many factors that can make an induction burner to malfunction. Some of the common problems range from the induction burner not powering on, to food not being cooked well or even getting burnt. Some people have even complained of the noise being produced by the burners as being too high. People prefer safety above everything else, in the current time.
All these could be just minor problems. However, they could also be symptoms indicative of bigger problem which if not checked could lead to a breakdown of the induction burners. Its thus important to learn some of the common problems and how to solve them. A good skill to have that might prevent accidents and breakdowns is the ability to differentiate a small problem from a major one which could necessitate professional consultation. Some of the common problems include;
- Induction burner not powering on
This will require checking of lock controls. If it still doesn’t power of,the issue may be a power outage or an overloaded circuit which will require the services of a professional electrician. Also, if the cookware used is not compatible with the induction burner, it may not be detected and thus the induction burner will not power on. This is a very important thing. For safety as well as saving the power.
- Induction Powering off while cooking
This could be due to;
Automatic feature turned on.Which will be activated when cooking exceeds the maximum cooking time limit. Please see the user manual for detailed information on this.
Pan not correctly placed on the cooking surface.no pan is on the on surface or pan is misplaced, sensor will not identify cooking vessel and will shut down your cooker. Place cooker correctly to remedy this problem.
High internal temperature for induction burners that have inbuilt overheat sensors and regulators. Sometimes, the induction cooktop might shut off when cooking if heat sensor detects a lot of heat inside cooktop. Check and ensure that ventilation holes are not clogged by dust particles or clothing. Give some time to cool off before attemptingto power on again.
- Food not cooking or heating Properly
Heat setting not appropriate for cooking. Adjust it to meet the requirement if this is too hot or below the required heat setting. Also, then check out if vessel is placed rightly on cooking zone to make sure heat passing is distributed evenly. Sometimes the problem might be the cookware since cookware that have induction compatible material only at the bottom may not distribute heat evenly as one with induction material all round. At least ensure that the cooking vessel has ferromagnetic bottom. One more thing to know is that bottom of cooking vessel covers whole area of cooking zone.
The cookware that has low circumference at bottom end than cooking zone, won’t get all heat generated by a burner.
- Food getting burnt
Read the user manual and follow the right temperature setting for cooking it carefully. This could be due to use of lightweight cookware, which heats up rapidly than expected as well as burns food in process. Choose high quality induction burner that is lightweight and suit with the induction cooktop.
- Excessive Noise and Vibration
A soft hum or buzz from the induction burner is perfectly normal as this is indicative of a correctly functioning inbuilt ventilation fan.However, if the noise exceeds normal levels, this could be indicative of more inherent problems. The same goes with the vibration. Unevenly bottomed vessel, and lightweight lid or loosely fit handle in cookware will induce vibration.
- Flashing LED lights
This is usually associated with warnings. In most cases, the induction cooktop mostly has not been turned off and the flashing is a reminder to turn off.
No. Don’t worry. The lights will flash because you’ve forgotten to put your induction burner off after you are done with your cooking. It’s a safety option.
Most problems can always be solved by just going through the manual. This usually saves a lot of time and money and may help in prevent the preventing the problem form escalating. However, a recurrent problem is cause for concern and should be referred to a professional for proper handling.