A bad burner is one of the most common problems on GE stoves. GE has more variety in their burners than almost any other manufacturer, so the process for changing the burner can vary from stove to stove. Out of the many burner styles, two distinct mounting techniques exist: wire-in burners and plug-in burners.
Things You'll Need
- Phillips screwdriver
- Quarter-inch nutdriver
- Flat screwdriver
Remove any drip pans or pan rings that might be in the way. Look for the mounting bracket where the burner is connected to the top panel of the stove. Remove the screw in the bracket; this screw may be a Phillips or quarter-inch. The burner is now free from the top panel.
Pull the burner forward so that the receptacle is in view. Several different styles of receptacles exist, but most can be opened by removing a small metal clip. Use a flat screwdriver to pry the clip away from the receptacle. The receptacle will pull apart, revealing the wires which screw into the burner. If any part of the receptacle appears burned, consider replacing it as well as the burner.
Remove the quarter-inch screws to loosen the burner. Re-wire the new burner onto the wires and place it into the receptacle. You may want to use a pair of pliers to hold the ends of the burner while wiring the burner. This will prevent the ends from bending.
Pull out on plug-in burner until it pops free of the receptacle.
Use a flashlight to look into the receptacle itself. If any burn marks or damage are present, change the receptacle as well as the burner.
Install a new burner by simply pushing it into the receptacle. Make sure that the burner locks in correctly.
Tips & Warnings
- Many stove tops can be lifted up and propped using a thin metal bar that rests beneath the top. This will allow for easier access when changing the burners. This article does not address glass-top stove burners, which require an altogether different process for replacement.
- Disconnect the power to your stove before beginning repairs.
- Larry Harding, Professional Appliance Tecnician
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