How to Replace a Ceramic Stove Top on a KitchenAid

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KitchenAid ceramic stove tops offer a number of benefits: Ceramic tops are more energy efficient than conventional burners, cleaning up is easy, and the heat-up speed compares favorably with gas stoves. However, there are some disadvantages. You can't tell whether the surface is dangerously hot when the stove is turned off, the top becomes scratched and discolored if your cookware bottom is not perfectly flat, and you could crack the top if you drop a heavy object, such as a cast iron skillet, on the stove. Although replacement tops are expensive, dis-assembly and installation is straightforward.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • 2-foot-long wooden prop
  • Nut driver
  • New ceramic stove top
  • Unplug the stove from the wall outlet.

  • Open the oven door and remove the screws from under the front edge of the top with a Phillips screwdriver.

  • Close the oven door. Lift the top and hold it open with a 2-foot-long wooden prop.

  • Undo the hex head screws on each end of the burner cross braces attached to the top with a nut driver. Place the cross braces holding the burners inside the cavity below the top.

  • Lift the top and lay the supporting prop inside the cavity. Lower the top and pull it forward to slide the two hinges out of their slots in the back of the stove. Place the top face down on the counter beside the new top.

  • Unscrew the steel channel from the front of the old top with the Phillips screwdriver and remove the two hex head screws holding the hinges to the back of the top with a nut driver. Transfer the channel and hinges to the replacement top and secure them with the screws removed from the old top.

  • Flip the new top face up and slide the two hinges on the back into their respective slots on the back of the stove. Replace the wooden prop to hold the top open.

  • Replace the burners by screwing the cross braces back on to the underside of metal frame on each side of the new top with the nut driver. Remove the prop and lower the top.

  • Open the oven door. Replace the screws removed earlier and tighten them securely with the Phillips screwdriver.

  • Plug the appliance back in the wall outlet to complete the installation.

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