How to Replace Electric Cooktop Heating Elements

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When a cooktop heating element no longer works, replacing it will depend on what type of cooktop you have. Standard coil cook tops require no disassembly of the cooktop. A ceramic glass cooktop will require that the cooktop be removed from the burner box. When purchasing the new heating element, have your model number and brand on-hand to purchase the correct cooktop part.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Large towel
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Replacement heating element

Ceramic Glass Cooktop

  • Turn the circuit breaker to the electric cooktop off.

  • Pull the control knobs off of the control stems. Using a screwdriver, remove the screws that secure the ceramic glass top to the frame. Lift the main top off of the burner box. Lay a towel over the top of the cooktop and position it against the wall. The towel will protect the finish of your ceramic glass top.

  • Use a pair of needle nose pliers to disconnect the wires from the terminals of the faulty heating element. Remove the wires from the limiter that is attached to the element.

  • Remove the screw that secures the element holding straps nearest the faulty element. Use a screwdriver to remove the screw securing the limiter to the faulty heating element.

  • Lift the heating element strap and slide the faulty element out of the cooktop. Slide the new heating element into position.

  • Secure the limiter to the heating element using the retaining screws. Reattach the heating element strap using the retaining screw.

  • Connect the heating element wires to the heating element terminals and reconnect the limiter wires to the limiter.

  • Gently set the cooktop back into place over the burner box. Secure the cooktop to the burner box using the retaining screws.

  • Slide the control knobs back onto the control shafts. Turn the circuit breaker to the cooktop back on.

Standard Coil Element Cooktop

  • Turn the circuit breaker to the cooktop off.

  • Lift up the faulty element and pull it out of the terminal box.

  • Set the new element into position and push the terminal end into the terminal box.

  • Turn the circuit breaker to the cooktop back on.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always disconnect power to appliances before repairing them.

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