Replacing electric hob

Discussion in 'Electricians' Talk' started by sally green, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. sally green

    sally green Member


    I have an old kitchen that I will be doing up hopefully next year.

    Question is that my electric hob an integrated one, three of the rings are not heating
    up and only one works. It is of the solid electric hob type I've learnt when looking at electric hobs.
    Link below.

    How much to replace, ie the labout cost inc vat/etc for like for like, please?
    Or repair possibilities and cost in vat/etc. I will need the electric minor works papers.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2019
  2. seneca

    seneca Screwfix Select

    No minor works certificate needed if it's a replacement or repair.
  3. RolandK

    RolandK Active Member

    I suspect repair wouldn't be cost effective. Labour to replace wouldn't be much but make sure it fits the existing cut out in the worktop. Or certainly that the new one isn't smaller!
  4. sally green

    sally green Member

    Just as I thought, ie the repair not being cost-effective. The hob was 2 years old last week according to the paperwork, 2 year warranty I got when I bought this house.
    I will investigate same sized electric hobs, hopefully, about 70 quid and 40 pound take out and fit. I had a look and all it is is that it is clipped in and wire to the fixed socket.
  5. RolandK

    RolandK Active Member

    Sounds like plan ! Good luck
  6. sally green

    sally green Member

    Update: The size is pretty standard, so a like for like costing about 60 quid. Labour, my partner will fit as i's just a wire that runs into a dedicated socket, needs direct connection. Removal is a few clips and scraper to remove the mastic. An electrician quoted us 60 inc VAT, lol, no way matey!
  7. dobbie

    dobbie Well-Known Member

    Do you work for nothing?
    The Electrician has got to travel to and from the job, for this he uses diesel or petrol which he has to pay for, also van insurance, liability insurance, and wear and tear on the van.
    He also has to pay for membership of any scheme he is in, he does not get sick or holiday pay or a pension.

    Therefore £60 for your job inc vat is not expensive, why do people think tradesmen should be charities?
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  8. sally green

    sally green Member

    Never said that. It is a very simple task for someone with the knowledge and like for like job. I looked up someone that lived in the same area as me ie
    about 5 mins travel. 40 pound tops, in my opinion, leaves him after costs about 35 pounds an hour.

    FYI, 3/4 years ago I got three quotes for replacing a ceiling pendant and the lowest was 30 pounds and the highest was almost 90 pounds and the other quote was 45 pounds, so the 60 pounds for the one quote for something as simple as that was expensive.
  9. Bazza

    Bazza Well-Known Member

    Yes, it varies. And you have to factor in people who quote high for little jobs like this.
    Either they just don’t want the job at all, or they have found that it’s impossible to make a full day’s work from 3 or 4 little jobs. Much better to have jobs that are at least half a day.
  10. Hans_25

    Hans_25 Well-Known Member

    A Gas Safe chappy would charge more than that for connecting up a gas hob. £60 is an hours work.
  11. Sparkielev

    Sparkielev Well-Known Member

    I see your point £60 does seem alot for installing an oven, but for that I would expect the sparkie to do relevant testing before installing to make sure everything is safe, maybe some one cheaper would fit it and hope for the best
  12. dobbie

    dobbie Well-Known Member

    It is a Hob Sparkie and is more work as you know than an Oven. An Oven will more than likely need to be removed to fit the Hob, then refitted after Hob is fitted making extra work.
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  13. nigel willson

    nigel willson Well-Known Member

    And how do you KNOW what his costs are. I have fitted lots of replacement hobs in my time. They are not always st8 forward!!!
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  14. Sparkielev

    Sparkielev Well-Known Member

    Yeah not sure why I thought it was a oven but principles are the same with testing before installing
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  15. Tony Goddard

    Tony Goddard Well-Known Member

    £60 is reasonable for a hob replacement, if it is a quote then thats all you will pay. The electrician has to make a living, small jobs are relatively more expensive because time getting to and from them limits how many can be achieved in the day - remember that 20% of that amount approx goes to the sparks income tax bill, he's not on PAYE, he has to run his van, pay his insurance, pay his pension, maybe pay the VAT man - it's not a get rich quick scheme, its darn hard graft to make a good living in this game!
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  16. sally green

    sally green Member

    Thanks all. 40 pounds is more than zero pounds and it is a 30 min job tops for a skiller man. Many cry about not having work yet turn their nose up at having the chance to gt 40 quid cash in hand. All help appreciated. x
  17. Comlec

    Comlec Well-Known Member

    "Cash in hand" the false believe that the job will be cheaper if the customer entices a tradesman to break the law.

    I am sure you can find an unqualified, uninsured, un-registered so-called spark to do it for £25. There are plenty about, you could try a recommendation from BBC Rogue Traders.

    Personally, as a qualified, insured and registered electrician, I do not take cash and would invoice £55 for such a job.

    It is your choice and you will get what you pay for.
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  18. Tony Goddard

    Tony Goddard Well-Known Member

    I take cash, but it goes through the books like any other payment method and attracts no discount as I still have to pay tax on it!
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