Model #79096614404 KENMORE Free Standing, Electric

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Replace ceramic cooktop Model 79096614404 79096614404 Kenmore Electric range


Thank you for contacting with your questions about your Kenmore Electric Range. I am so sorry to hear one of the surface elements needs to be replaced. I know how inconvenient it can be when a main element is out. I will be happy to help you with this.
SAFETY WARNING: Before you begin your repair, be sure to disconnect the power supply to the range. Also, internal parts may have sharp edges that may cause serious cuts. Use caution and wear heavy gloves if possible.
If you recently used the stove, let it cool completely before starting. To lift the main top, you will need to open the oven door. On most models, at the top of the oven opening, below the overhang of the cooktop, you will see 2 screws in the corners. Those screws will need to be removed to release the cooktop. Once the screws are removed, lift the front edge of the cooktop. You can use something sturdy to prop the the top up, or you may find it easier to remove the cooktop from the hinges at the back that hold it to the top of the stove. If you are going to remove the cooktop, make sure you set it on a clean, soft surface like a blanket or towel to keep it frrom getting scratched.  NOTE: Before you disconnect wiring, make note of how they hook up to make it easier to reconnect them later. Next you will need to remove the bracket that holds the element to the cooktop. Then disconnect the wire harness to the element. Do not pull on the wires directly as that may damage them. It is better to use a pair of needlenose pliers and grip them at the connectors. Again, be sure to make note of how the wires hook up to the element. The element is held in place by one or two element supports or clips. You will need to release the clip before you can pull the element out. If the clips are secured to the back of the element you will need to take them off and attach them to the new element. Be careful when working on the element as the rim of the ceramic insulation is fragile and breaks easily. Simply reverse the process to reassemble the cooktop. Before you reinstall the top, it is a good time to clean the underside of the glass. Just be sure it is completely dry before you reinstall it. To maintain the cooktop, it is important to clean the surface after every use. I have included the link for the cleaning kit, in case you need some more at this time. Cerama Bryte Cooktop Cleaning Kit. If you are not confident you can complete the repair yourself, you may want to schedule a service technician to do the repair for you. If you would like to a schedule a techincian to come to your home, you can make an appointment at or by calling 1-800-469-4663. I hope this answers your questions. If I can be of further assistance, please respond to this thread. Thank you for choosing Sears, we appreciate your business.

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Rachel Morgan -
Sears Technician
August 27, 2013

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