How to Replace the Heating Element in a Glass Top Stove

Glass top stoves are an attractive addition to the kitchen. Unlike regular coil type stove tops, the glass top stove will require some disassembly when a heating element becomes faulty. Although this may seem like a difficult task, it really is not. Replacing a heating element in a glass top stove can be accomplished by the appliance owner within 30 minutes.

Step 1

Unplug the power cord of the stove from the electrical wall outlet. Open the oven door and look for retaining screws under the front lip of the main top. Remove the retaining screws with a Phillips screwdriver. Close the oven door after removing the retaining screws.

Step 2

Grab the top corner of the glass top with your fingers and slide the glass top toward you 1 foot. Locate the connection for the ground wire and wiring harness strain relief directly under the rear control console. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws that secure the ground wire and the strain relief strap.

Step 3

Place a sheet over the top of the glass top. Grab the glass top securely with both hands and flip it over. Set the glass top down on the stove. The sheet will protect the finish of the glass top while you are replacing the heating element.

Step 4

Locate the limiter on the side of the faulty heating element. The limiter is a plastic piece on the side of the element with four wires connected to it. Remove the four wires from the limiter and remove the two screws that secure the limiter to the heating element with a Phillips screwdriver.

Step 5

Pull the two wires off the heating element terminals by pulling the metal wire leads off the terminal. There is a metal band that connects from the front of the glass top to the back of the glass top over two heating elements. Remove the screw that secures the metal band from the rear of the glass top that covers the faulty element. Lift up the metal band and slide the faulty element out of the glass top.

Step 6

Take the faulty element to an appliance repair facility to purchase a replacement element. Lift up the metal retaining strap and carefully slide the replacement heating element into position. Attach the limiter to the side of the heating element using the retaining screws. Connect the heating element wires to the heating element and reconnect the four wires to the limiter.

Step 7

Secure the rear of the metal band to the stove glass top using the retaining screw. Grab the glass top with both hands and flip it back over so that the cooking area is facing up again. Remove the sheet and reconnect the ground wire and the wiring harness retaining strap.

Step 8

Slide the glass top back under the control console. Open the oven door and secure the front of the glass top using the retaining screws under the front lip. Close the oven door and reconnect the stove power cord to the electrical outlet.