So our crappy 90s Chef brand 60cm coil cooktop has given up the ghost. Looking to replace it relatively on the cheap, ideally just grabbing another cooktop that fits and paying someone to come and swap it out. We're not particularly fussed about induction — happy to just pop a good value electric ceramic in.
However, this is all admittedly new to me, and I'm struggling to figure out how to find something that will definitely work on the existing 20A circuit. (Side note: on the circuitboard, the cooktop and stove each have their own 20A circuit breakers. Does this mean they definitely have their own circuits?)
I gather that a 4.8kW max draw capacity is advised for 20A — although up to 8kW is standards compliant, presumably meaning it'll flip the breaker before burning the house down. However, it seems impossible to find any 60cm cooktops that low in Aus these days — even all the cheap ceramics I've checked out are 5.8-7.4kW+. The closest I can find are induction hobs that allow you to customise their maximum draw. I'm tempted, but would like to figure out cheaper solutions first.
Now surely all the thousands of cheapo reno jobs out there aren't paying for new 32A circuits just to whack in their $200 Aldi ceramic cooktops — so what's the deal? Am I just not looking in the right places?
Any links to decent electric cooktops that'll be fine on a 20A circuit, and general info/advice, would be great.