From DT Online
Cookers, fridges, freezers,washing machines, dishwashers etc. are sometimes referred to as White Goods. - although coloured and stainless steel finishes are often preferred.
Features and Applications
Most modern kitchen equipment can be free standing or built in. Decor panels are available to allow them to blend in with kitchen units. Cookers can be split level with the oven set into a housing unit but this reduces available workspace and built-under ovens are becoming more popular.
Regulations (i.e. 17th Edition regulations (BS7671:2008)) require that almost all changes to kitchen electrics must be completed by a qualified electrician, and the work will need an Electrical Installation Certificate completed by a skilled person competent in inspection and testing of electrical installations. Any addition to a circuit in the kitchen no matter how minor, must be RCD protected under the regulations and since all socket outlets throughout the home are safer if RCD protected, upgrading an old fuse-board will improve the safety of the whole house and bring wiring right up to date.
If mains gas is available, use it for cooking as well as heating. If it’s not, consider an electric induction hob, which saves energy over a conventional electric or halogen hob.
All gas appliances must be installed by a Gas Safe registered plumber, who will then check the system and issue a certificate, otherwise house insurance and appliance guarantees may not be valid. A gas cooker may not be installed in a room which has a volume of less than 6 cubic metres. The room must also have adequate ventilation by means of an opening window or some equivalent. A electricity supply for lights and igniter is also required. This is usually fused at 3 Amp.
Washing machines and dishwashers are often plumbed in near the sink against an outside wall for convenience. Dishwashers and some washing machines need only a cold water supply others also require hot water. Look for A-rated (energy efficient) kitchen appliances They need plumbing into a waste pipe and an electricity supply.
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