The stove top on your Kenmore gas range covers several components of the gas system, including the ignitors, burner orifices and burner tubes. To repair or replace any of the elements, you must lift the stove top. On Kenmore gas ranges, the stove top is secured in place using two spring clips, which must be disengaged prior to lifting the top. Once the top is lifted, it is helpful to have a partner assist you by holding the top up while you make the repairs.
Unplug the range from the wall outlet.
Lift the burner grates off of the stove top and set them aside.
Lift the burner cap off of each burner base and set them aside.
Remove the screws that secure each burner base to the stove top and set the burner bases aside.
Insert a putty knife under the side of the main top, near the front of the range. Press inward on the putty knife until the spring-clip is disengaged, causing the side of the stove top to lift. Repeat for the other side of the range.
Lift up the front of the stove top, and have a partner hold it while you make the repairs. If you are repairing the range by yourself, place a dowel rod under the top to prop it up during the repairs.