Replacing a Cooktop Element Replacing a Cooktop Element

What You'll Need
Screwdriver (either a Phillips or Flat head)
Pliers (Needle Nose Tip)
Replacement Cooktop Element

You will need to replace your cooktop or stove burners when they no longer work or produce heat. This self-repair can be handled by most do-it-yourselfers with a few simple tools and a little time. The replacement of the cooktop element depends on the type of cooktop you have. A standard coil cooktop element can be easily replaced by removing the element without disassembling the cooktop while a ceramic cooktop element requires more work.

When purchasing a replacement cooktop element, check the product or brand name and number to ensure that you have the correct part. If you do not do this before buying the replacement cooktop element you will have to go back to the store or where you ordered the replacement part and have it replaced. If you can, follow steps 1 through 4 and take the old cooktop element with you when you go to purchase the replacement part.

For the sake of efficiency, specific instructions for replacinga ceramic cooktop element are identified in Step 2, alongside the instructions for a standard cooktop element replacement. Steps 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 apply to both a standard and ceramic cooktop element replacement.

Step 1: Disconnect the Electricity

Unplug the stove from the wall outlet or turn off the circuit breaker that operates the appliance’s electricity. This will prevent you from being electrocuted while working on the replacement of the cooktop. This step applies to both standard and ceramic cooktop stoves.

Step 2: Remove the Top (for a Ceramic Cooktop Stove)

You will need to remove all of the temperature control knobs on the burner and remove the screws securing the ceramic top to the stove. Lift the top of the burner and rest it against a wall to get it out of your way while replacing the element.

Step 3: Remove the Terminal Wires

For both types of cooktop stoves (standard and ceramic) use the pliers (preferably needle nose tip) to disconnect the terminal wires attached to the back of the unit. Once you disconnect the wires, remove them from the element and move them to the side.

Step 4: Detach the Element

Use the screwdriver to remove any screws that holds the element in place. Completely detach the element and place it aside.

Step 5: Replace the Element

Take the replacement cooktop element and slide it into place. Attach using the screws that you took off the old the element and secure it into place. For a ceramic cooktop replace the burner top and secure it in place.

Step 6: Turn on the Power

Turn the circuit breaker back on for the electricity and plug the stove back into the wall socket. Turn the stove on and test the element. It should turn red, indicating that it is properly working and the repair that you did was completed.

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